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Kelston kids help create their own community

Published: 19 June 2018

Our theme for this edition is one of great teamwork, collaboration and partnership – by working together we can all make a big difference to the lives of the people living in our homes.

Painting starts on one of the new Kelston kids’ murals

Painting starts on one of the new Kelston kids’ murals

This has been happening all around the country and we saw some more great outcomes recently at a complex of 31 family homes in Kelston, in West Auckland.

At an earlier community day, some tenants had raised concerns about the safety of children living in the complex with car movements. The children had also told us they wanted to make the complex feel like their own little community.

So along with the New Lynn area team and maintenance staff, PBMC Spencer Henshaw and other local stakeholders including community police, a community day was recently held at the complex.

There was a great turnout, which meant a number of areas could be tackled on the day, including clearing out inorganic rubbish.

In response to the feedback from the earlier community day, the children were involved in decorating the complex with colourful murals they had helped design. SHL and Dulux generously donated the mural boards, paint and paint brushes.

And taking onboard tenants’ concerns about safety, speed humps have been installed, with speed warning signs to keep everyone safe, especially the children.

The day also included a sausage sizzle, which everyone enjoyed.

SHL Managing Director Murray Stevenson says the SHL team really enjoyed working with Housing New Zealand to make a difference.

“We’re looking forward to doing more and more of these types of tenant community events, as we’ve seen what a positive impact they have on the lives of the families living in these homes, especially the children,” Murray says.

Thank you SHL and Dulux for your continued support. Your generosity means we have enough paint left over to do more great work where it’s needed most.


New Lynn tenancy manager helping with painting the rainbow

New Lynn tenancy manager helping with painting the rainbow

One of the finished murals

One of the finished murals

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