Police paint a picture for community
Neighbourhood cops have pitched in with paint brushes to give a community run coffee shop a fresh look.
The Waterview Coffee Project is a non-profit cafe run out of a shipping container at 29 Daventry St.
Officers from Avondale’s Neighbourhood Policing Team joined locals to give the container and nearby shops a paint job.
It’s all in the name of preventing crime, Avondale police Senior Sergeant Simon Welsh says.
‘‘If we’ve got buildings that don’t look like they’re looked after they attract graffiti and vandalism. If they’re well maintained it improves the general look and they’ll be looked after by people in the community,’’ Welsh says. The cafe is a collective owned by eight families.
It was started in 2012 by James Crow, who wanted to create a meeting place for residents. The families took it over in November when Crow decided to move on.
‘‘We thought it would be a real shame to lose it so we thought: Why don’t we pick it up as a community initiative?’’ co-owner Matt Poland says. ‘‘It’s become really popular. It’s the first proper community focal point for Waterview.’’
The owners would like to see the coffee project help other community initiatives and become a centre for future fundraising.
Resene donated paint for the three-day do-up. The big focus was painting a colourful design on the container.
‘‘It looks amazing, it’s created a lot of interest,’’ coowner Justin Newcomb says.
‘‘It was really great to have the police help us, that was a big motivation for doing it,’’ he says.
Makeover: Constable Paul Wishnowsky from the Avondale Neighbourhood Policing Team helps paint the Waterview Coffee Project shipping container.