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Switched On efforts create a revamped community facility

Switched On is always on the lookout for ways it can contribute and make a difference to local communities.

The spruced-up interior of ‘The Cabin’

Team member Greg McKeeman recently identified an opportunity at a Housing New Zealand complex in central Christchurch.

Ten years ago, the community room at the complex had been given a makeover to become a library for tenants. With the passing of time, the facility had become tired and in need of another makeover.

Switched On donated materials and their labour for the refresh, which included relining the ceiling, installing insulation, putting in a new window and fully redecorating the interior. The heat pump and water heaters were also serviced and the outdoor area spruced up.

When the work was completed, a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate and officially open ‘The Cabin’, where Manager Regional Maintenance Stephen Wilson passed on his thanks to Switched On.

“The revamp of the community room by Switched On has resulted in an old and tired room becoming a genuine community-based facility we know will bring everyone together and make a real difference to the lives of our tenants and the local community,” Stephen said.

He says tenants use the outdoor area for activities like tai chi and since the opening there has been a steady stream of local groups that support our tenants using the facility on a regular basis.

“We really appreciate the efforts of Switched On to make this happen for our tenants and the community,” Stephen says.


Christchurch tenant Li Powa cutting the ribbon to officially open ‘The Cabin’


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