Neat Places: The best spots to enjoy Christchurch's community feel
In a city with a small town feel, where everyone knows everyone and where neighbourhoods turned to one another for support following the earthquakes, there's no doubt Christchurch has built up a strong sense of community.
With a thriving hospitality industry, it comes as no surprise then that the sense of community has spilled over into the cafes, restaurants and ventures that are keeping the city alive and kicking. Neat Places takes a look at the hospitality spots helping cultivate Christchurch's community feel.
Kakano Cafe and Cookery School
100 Peterborough St, Christchurch Central
Recognising the missing component in most struggling communities was a strong whanau and friends network, Kakano was designed to provide those in need with a place to gather for kai, learn to cook, partake in a workshop, attend a seminar, and learn Te Reo. The space also doubles as a cafe and a meeting place for locals to enjoy meals made from fresh ingredients and foraged goods. Kakano translates to seed, and the name has been chosen to reflect the journey that the food served has taken – from seed to table.
Addington Coffee Co-Op
297 Lincoln Rd, Addington
You'd be hard pressed to find a company as dedicated to helping others as Addington Coffee Co-Op. A cafe, fair trade shop and laundry, the business is part of a much larger organisation: Liminal, which was formed on the values of fair and ethical business dealings. For Addington Coffee Co-Op, this means it reinvests its profits back into the local community, as well as communities overseas that create the products sold in its shop. Every item sold has been hand picked from locally produced, ethically sourced or environmentally friendly sources, further benefiting local and wider communities.
13 London St, Lyttelton
Rushani prides herself on sourcing her ingredients in the kitchen from local producers in her community, using only free-range and ethically produced meat and eggs. Having become part of the Lyttelton community, Rushani saw a great opportunity to give back to the locals and introduced the "Cake for Greatness" scheme in 2013 where she gifted local individuals, community groups and businesses who are helping to make a difference, with cake in recognition for their efforts. A community carer through and through, visit Rushani's as a neat little spot to hang out while in Lyttelton.
156 Peterborough St, Christchurch Central
With an aim to support the community by providing work experience and teaching skills to young people in need in Canterbury, Cultivate Christchurch is showing just how meaningful urban farming can be. Simultaneously providing a positive working environment and helping the city to turn its waste into compost, the urban plots also provide some local restaurants with top quality produce. Using organic and permaculture methods, the organisation is helping make a big difference in the Garden City and the community, from the ground up.
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