Successful programme marks a milestone

6 August 2018

An idea hatched by a Christchurch tenancy manager has turned into a successful weekly community programme that recently celebrates its first birthday.

Tea and tots birthday cake

The special birthday cake made to mark the programme’s first birthday.

The “Tea and Tots’’ programme was launched in the Hornby area in Christchurch’s south-west a year ago and those involved gathered to celebrate with cake, a chat and connections.

Tenancy Manager Zoe Wood came up with the idea for the programme after she took over the Broomfield/Hei Hei portfolio.

She wanted to show the wider community Housing New Zealand can play an important role in organising community events and other forms of support for our tenants and the wider community.

Twelve months on and the number of parents and children taking part continues to grow.

"I’ve been really impressed with the support from local families. Some of those people are our tenants but I’ve loved how the wider community has embraced this programme,’" Zoe says.

"The objective of this group is to have our community mixing, meeting, supporting and having fun with one another. While this will involve Housing New Zealand tenants, the aim is to extend the invitation to the wider community as well. I also hope their involvement with Tea and Tots will help my tenants, and the wider community see myself and Housing New Zealand in a more approachable and community focussed way."

Zoe says more and more newer faces are turning up every Thursday and she says this has helped those families and their children meet and get to know each other in a very positive way.

tea and tots birthday celebration

Left - Parents and children continue to strongly support the “Tea and Tots’’ programme. Right - A selection of activities form the first year of the “Tea and Tots’’ programme.

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