Po­lice paint a pic­ture for com­mu­nity

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHITTAKER

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.

Photo: EMMA WHITTAKER

Makeover: Constable Paul Wishnowsky from the Avon­dale Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team helps paint the Water­view Cof­fee Project ship­ping con­tainer.

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