Well done to Randwick Park who won the Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year 2017 award. They have shown that despite some significant challenges, their spirit, determination and commitment as a community can make great things happen.
The community house and local activities bring all members of the community together and especially the high proportion of young people in the area. There are several innovative ways that the community have pulled together to respond to local priorities which is a hallmark of why I believe they deserved the award this year.
However the issue that remains a real challenge is housing and the inability of whanau to move from state homes to home ownership in places like Randwick Park—indeed large parts of Auckland. While we have met with Housing New Zealand to seek assurances that there is an ability to provide state housing, the reality of needing to increase the supply of housing stock so people can be placed in affordable healthy homes is an urgent priority.
Stable, affordable healthy homes has several benefits. Children are more likely to stay at the same school instead of being moved from pillar to post and they are less likely to miss school due to sickness.