Aranui Festival a success

Aranui festivalHousing New Zealand has strong ties to the Christchurch suburb of Aranui and our staff always enjoy participating in the community’s annual festival.


Several hundred people turned out on a sunny day for the AFFIRM 2016 festival in the eastern Christchurch suburb of Aranui in early December.

The annual event is a celebration of the Aranui community.

Housing New Zealand has a special relationship with Aranui as it has had a long established presence in the community and, as part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme, also built more than 100 new homes in the area.

This year Housing New Zealand shared a tent at the festival with Environment Canterbury and the new Otautahi Community Housing Trust which recently took over the Christchurch City’s housing portfolio.

Stakeholder Relationship Manager (Southern) Ray Tye says the event, now in its 15th consecutive year, seems to be going from strength to strength.

“AFFIRM draws in a great crowd of locals and the wider community so it’s a great opportunity for the People and Property teams and others from Housing New Zealand to interact with the community.’’

From the middle of the festival venue, Wainoni Park, you could do a 360 degree turn and see Housing New Zealand’s new developments.

These complement the new community centre that opened earlier this year and Haeata Community Campus, the new Year 1-13 school that opens its doors in the new year.

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