A shared tea for tenants of 18 recently-completed Housing New Zealand homes in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu went down a treat last month.
Housing New Zealand Community Development Manager Karen Allen organised the event at Hui Hui Lane to officially welcome the tenants to their new homes.
"Getting everyone together to mix, mingle and share some food is a great way to introduce people to their neighbours and create a sense of community," Karen says. "Everyone was really supportive and keen to take part in future events, like a street party to celebrate Neighbours’ Day."
On hand to assist Karen were Stakeholder Relationships Manager Marion Humphrey and Portfolio Manager Matt Saseve-Dale.
Around 25 people attended the get-together, during which prizes were also awarded to the winners of a children’s colouring competition held for the new neighbourhood.
Eleven year old Bella Falaniko came first with her artistic efforts and explanation of why she liked her new home (‘It’s clean and I love playing with my new friends. We’re very happy’).
The 18 modern new houses, ranging in size from two to five bedrooms, were completed on a 4,352 square metre site around three months ago and replaced five, outdated 1960s homes.
Housing New Zealand has surveyed 11 of the 18 households about the new dwellings, with more than 90% of the responding tenants rating their homes as either very good or excellent.
The majority of tenants canvassed were also overwhelmingly positive about the Welcome Pack and ‘Goody Bucket’ they received when they moved in.
"And we received some useful ideas and suggestions for improvement which will help inform the design of our future redevelopments too," Karen says.