The Ōwairaka community came out in numbers on a sunny gorgeous day in April to learn more about the changes coming to their neighbourhood. Around 200 residents turned up to enjoy a sausage sizzle by Emerge Aotearoa and a cuppa from the Hosana Church, absorbing the information provided by HLC and Housing New Zealand (HNZ) in a relaxed and family-oriented fun day.
Children were happily occupied with activities from Eco Neighbourhood and a bouncy castle, while the bigger kids and adults got to check out 3D views and waterplay with HLC contractors from BECA.
Tonkin & Taylor showed their geology skills with amazing basalt and earth samples from around the area. They explained how testing the earth for contaminants is so important before building can proceed. Albert/Eden Local Board and Auckland Council Parks joined us for the day, along with Mt Albert Community Patrols. They made themselves available to promote their services as well as demonstrate their great work and future projects in the neighbourhood.
Feedback about upcoming changes from those that attended was positive. HLC and HNZ took on board comments and questions were answered accordingly. Most discussions were around the importance of creating safe, fun places to gather and play, supporting the community to stay connected and ensuring the neighbourhood maintains its character by thoughtful planting and design. The community also wanted to stay informed about upcoming works within the development.
With the collaboration of HLC, HNZ, other local government agencies, community groups and residents, these discussions will continue. We will be holding more information days and network meetings where we can arm you with information about the Ōwairaka Development.
Congratulations to a long term resident from Ōwairaka for winning first prize in the HLC open day competition where she signed up to our website owairakadevelopment.co.nz to win a $100 New World voucher. Big thanks to Marist Rugby League Club for the venue and support.