Tenants and stakeholders in the Riccarton community in Christchurch enjoyed a fun information-sharing event earlier this year.
Designed to bring tenants and other members of the community together, the “Living the Life’’ event is the first in a series of similar events planned for suburbs across Christchurch.
South Island Stakeholder Relationship Manager Ray Tye says the starting point for the event was focused on the needs of tenants, many of whom were new to the area, on what they might want and need from living in that community.
The Sockburn-based New Zealand Fire Service crew entertained and educated the crowd with its mobile kitchen-fire demonstration. The crew also brought their “Evacuation Challenge’’ where people could experience what it would be like to crawl through a dark, smoky environment.
Community groups including Plunket, Pegasus Health, Vision West, the PEETO Multi-Cultural Learning Centre, Oak Development Trust, Riccarton West Community Garden, church groups, early learning centres, Ministry of Social Development, Civil Defence, local MP Megan Woods and local community board members attended the event.
Housing New Zealand has been building many new homes in the Riccarton community so the event was a good way to strengthen connections between these tenants, their families and the local community.