The Albionvale neighbourhood in West Auckland say their Neighbours Day 2019 was a day their community won’t forget.
The kaupapa for their event was to promote whanaungatanga within community—that means developing a sense of kinship or family connection through shared experiences.
To do this the local community, along with Tenancy Managers Dominic and Lusia from Housing New Zealand, put on a "Sunday fun-day" for the Albionvale whānau.
The community enjoyed a day of old school games like tug of war, gutterball and Rippa Rugby, a sausage sizzle with all the trimmings, fantastic face painting, chilled tunes from a professional DJ, and much more.
Rachel, one of the tenants who helped to organise the event, says that a thriving community means so much to residents because Albionvale isn’t just a place where they live.
"This is a place where we grow and build one another up, and a place where our children, and children’s children, are able to find themselves," she says.
Tenant Tania enjoyed meeting new people from a range of cultures and backgrounds, particularly some of the Muslim families in the neighbourhood after the recent tragic events in Christchurch.
Community Constable Heber came along to the event to help the community to get to know each other safely as they enjoyed the kai and interactive games.
"Albionvale is a neighbourhood of people with commonalities across different cultures, Heber says, "Events like Neighbours Day allow people to express themselves without fear or rejection, in harmony with each other."
The event was a huge success thanks to help from the New Zealand Police, Tegel, Sport Waitakere, Spencer Henshaw Limited, Countdown Kelston, Fresh Choice Glen Eden, Hirepool, DJ Flip-the-Script and West Halal Meats.