Jets drop in to neighbourhood barbecue
Bringing neighbourhoods together through fun instead of adversity was the aim behind a neighbourhood get-together in Roslyn, Palmerston North, in the weekend.
People who live near Crewe Cres in Hokowhitu gathered together on Saturday for an afternoon of games, a barbecue and community spirit.
Organised by Neighbourhood Support, police, Mash Trust and the city council, the event also saw the Manawatu Jets basketball team show up to shoot some hoops and show the children how to slam dunk. It also doubled as a way to introduce the new Mash tenants, as they had recently moved there after a fire gutted a unit near where they lived on Main St this year.
Mash mental health and addiction services manager Rodger McLeod said the get-together was a good way to introduce the Mash tenants to everyone.
"When you look at some tragedies around New Zealand, the communities have come together. This is a real opportunity to bring the community here together on a really positive note."
Having people with mental health or addiction issues in the community was an important step in their recovery, he said.
"So many of them then move on to independence afterwards."
City council city safety co-ordinator Lane Nilsen said the event was good for the whole community.
"People here have had a few hits in recent times, with buildings being evacuated, and people have changed tenancies and they don't really know who is in the area. This is about being good neighbours so they can keep each other safe. If you're neighbours, you should have a certain level of responsibility to look out for each other."
The barbecue was also a chance to meet some of the migrant community who had recently moved into surrounding streets, she said.