The site was in need of a bit of TLC, with graffiti and illegal dumping causing concern for local residents and affecting the pride Kāinga Ora customers had in their environment. To help address this, the Kāinga Ora Lower Hutt office and local Community Policing team teamed up to organise a community clean-up event to breathe new life into the site.

The maintenance firm Spencer Henshaw got on board with the initiative as well, going above and beyond their routine tasks to assess what work was needed at the address and manage getting everything ticked off. Cleaning company Zap also lent a hand, with around 15 of their team ready to help get the property looking its best.

On the big day, the sun was shining and a massive crew turned up to lend a hand. Kāinga Ora customers got stuck in, with plenty of help from the Kāinga Ora team, Community Policing team, Spencer Henshaw and Zap.

The team trimmed hedges and trees, weeded the gardens, and cleared leaves and rubbish from around the property. Customers were also able to bring down old or broken furniture for removal, and the common areas were water blasted. With a plenty of singing, laughter and kai, there was a really positive feel to the clean-up day – and a fabulous result.

They say it takes a village – and at Randwick Road, the newly refreshed property is a great example of what communities can achieve when they come together.

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Page updated: 19 September 2023