Hamilton City Council’s Your Neighbourhood event series headed out west this week.
Your Neighbourhood is a new initiative which takes the Council directly to the community, with representatives of numerous Council business units running stands presenting information on what they do and the services they provide across our growing city.
This week’s Your Neighbourhood event was held at the Good News Community Centre, much to the delight of acting Principal Richard Schumacher from nearby Crawshaw School. The school’s students sang several waiata to welcome more than 45 of the Council’s staff, who manned 15 different stands.
Several hundred members of the community attended the event, which ran from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. The Council’s stands ranged from City Transport to Hamilton City Libraries and Hamilton Pools.
Local resident Derek spotted the event on the way home from work and popped in to check it out with his two young daughters.
“The kids can’t believe their luck!” Derek told ourhamilton.co.nz.
“They’ve scored some free gear for their bikes, face painting, bouncy castle, sausages. This isn’t the sort of thing we could normally afford so it’s a real treat.
“I think it’s awesome you chose to come here. We’re a pretty tight community but there’s lots we want to improve and sometimes it’s hard to know who to talk to at the Council. I personally didn’t know you did half the things you did so I’ve learnt a lot.”
Wayne attended the event after receiving a flyer in the post and chatted with nearly every Council staff member in the hall over the course of the event. He was particularly fond of the Virtual Reality experience featuring the red pandas at Hamilton Zoo.
“I came down today because I live just down the road and I wanted to find somebody to talk to about our parks,” he said.
“I have some ideas about how to make our parks a lot better, so our people come together more to play sport and just have fun. I’m pretty passionate about making our community a healthier and safer place to be and I think investing in our parks is a great place to start. I’ve told at least 10 people about my ideas so far tonight so I’m pretty hopeful!”
The next Your Neighbourhood event will be held later in the year, at Claudelands.
The competition to win a family pass to the All Blacks v Tonga rugby match at FMG Stadium Waikato in September by signing up to the Our Hamilton mailing list was won by Ruby Stevens-Clarke.