Greys Ave community garden closer
After more than two years of waiting, those living on Greys Ave are a step closer to getting their community garden.
Housing New Zealand is about to begin consulting more than 130 residents of the inner-city street on the shared garden project.
Residents have been lobbying Housing New Zealand for a shared garden space on its Greys Ave property since 2013.
Resident Will ‘Ilolahia says heritage restrictions, funding and bureaucracy have delayed it.
He says residents are pleased the garden is now being progressed.
‘‘We’re really relieved Housing New Zealand has finally accepted says.
‘‘They’ve seen what we’ve been trying to do for the neighbourhood.’’
Area manager Taina Jones says the garden’s future is dependent on the residents.
It is important ‘‘if a community garden is established at Greys Avenue in the future, it will be used and looked after by tenants over the long term’’, Jones says.
The garden will be set up behind 113 Greys Ave using planter boxers donated by Ngati Whatua O Orakei.
Residents hope the vegetable plot will mark the start of a new, positive era for the neighbourhood which has been plagued by crime and a bad reputation for many years.
In March 2014, tenants in
‘Ilolahia the street’s notorious state housing block spoke to the Auckland City Harbour News about their experiences.
One said her front door was smashed in by a gang member. Others described people vomiting and urinating on their doorsteps.
‘Ilolahia has lived on Greys Ave for six years. He says the garden is ‘‘our way of trying to build up a little bit of happiness’’ in the Greys Ave community.
The vegetable garden will provide an affordable alternative for low-income residents, he says.
Will ’Ilolahia says the Greys Ave community garden will be embraced by tenants.