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Shared tea goes down a treat in new neighbourhood

Published: 2017-01-20
Shared tea

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.

With help from colleagues, Housing New Zealand Community Development Manager Karen Allen organised the event 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.

Around 25 people attended the get-together, and the results of the children’s colouring competition run in the previous weeks were announced.

Eleven-year-old Bella Falaniko took out first place with her artistic efforts and explanation of why she liked her new home.

Bella wrote, “I love my new house because it has two toilets and big bedrooms.”

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size from two to five bedrooms, were completed on a 4,352 square metre site around three months ago and replaced five outdated 1960s homes.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 percent of the responding tenants rating their homes as either very good or excellent.

“We also received some useful suggestions for improvement which will help inform the design of our future redevelopments,” Karen says.