Providing a mixture of social, state and low-cost housing, Riverside Gardens is a joint project between Housing New Zealand, developer City Living, and a number of community housing groups. It was promoted as the first of its kind nationwide and an example of mixed-income, mixed tenure housing.
Fairfax Media was last week approached by two residents outlining a range of concerns. As well as break-ins, residents have been asked for money, regularly have items stolen from their gardens and windows have been smashed. Children are yelled at, cars broken into and graffiti has appeared on a walkway.Calls to the police have gone unanswered and there is a lack of support from the council, residents say.
A community meeting has been called to find a solution. CHA ask: Would this situation have arisen if ongoing community development had been available at Riverside Gardens?
Here’s a One news report on 17 February here.