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Phillipstown Hub gathering place “Kotahitanga” officially opened

On the 25th of March our new project, Kotahitanga, was officially opened. More than 100 people gathered in the new community space at the Phillipstown Community Hub to share kai and companionship. What a fantastic day with a wonderful community!

Named by the Phillipstown Community Hub, Kotahitanga means togetherness, unity, solidarity, collective action. And this gathering space embodies the meaning perfectly. The name was unveiled after a blessing by Phillipstown Community Hub kaumatua Richard Tankersley, followed by music by the Koro Band (made up of members all aged over 70!).

We started consultation with the community at the Phillipstown Hub in April last year, and over time the design changed to reflect what the community wanted and needed from the space. The new facility has two roofed structures with a pizza/bread oven, dining tables and chairs, a bench space and a raised wooden platform. The area is surrounded by gardens and is modular and moveable. A BBQ for community use will be added later, as well as a community pantry to store fresh vegetables from the PTH community garden.

Both the design and construction work was undertaken with volunteer help and donations from businesses from the community, like Briford Trailers, HireKing, Daveron Scaffolding, Loscam, Hynds and The Pumphouse. The support from the Phillipstown Hub, the Christchurch City Council and the generous contributions of local businesses has been invaluable to the success and scope of this project. To all the volunteers, sponsors and supporters, thank you, you have been amazing! And a special shout out to officer Spike, who was a key contact for many of our sponsors.

Go and have a look when you are in the neighbourhood!

Have a look at these lovely photos of the day, by Jonathan H. Lee from Subtledream Photography. 


Tiny Shop Village Linwood Project underway!

Exciting times for Linwood village! We are working on the Linwood Tiny Shop Village project, where we are collaborating with Te Whare Roimata and Christchurch City Council to create a micro-village containing 5 to 7 tiny shops and a community garden for community use. By partnering with a well-established, embedded and well-connected community organisation like… Continue Reading

Car-Scaping the East frame

With the Phillipstown Hub project in full swing and the Linwood Tiny Shops Project picking up steam, the installation of the carpark garden is slow but steady. The Celeste is part of the Gapfiller Eastframe Carpark project. It is close to those amazing giant spray cans. Today, Jonathan and Jono have been preparing the car… Continue Reading

Building has started at Phillipstown Hub

We are very excited to have started the building phase of the Gathering Space for the Phillipstown Hub! We had an enjoyable and successful community engagement phase, where we got to know the Phillipstown Hub community and got an idea of the themes that the community wanted for the space. We then engaged in a… Continue Reading

Initial designs for Phillipstown Hub revealed!

We are so excited to see the Phillipstown Hub project taking shape! Drawing on the input from the community and the themes that came through in chats with the community groups, Jonny from Greening the Rubble made three concept designs. What is your favourite? Last week we took those designs to the newly established Phillipstown… Continue Reading

Koha Garden working bee with Adam McGrath

Koha Garden working bee with Adam McGrath

What a great working bee at the Koha Garden at 108 Stanmore road.  It was a good day to kick off Spring after a very rainy few months, and to revisit the site and community members.  To fuel the efforts of the crew, and celebrate in general, a BBQ, coffees and free soda from the… Continue Reading

Pod Oasis Competition – March 2017

Pod Oasis Competition – March 2017

POD OASIS represents Greening the Rubble’s transitional gardens that have helped revitalise the Christchurch inner city. This an organic haven is inspired by the kowhai seed pod—a symbol of regeneration. As the mall is winding up this year we wish to move the garden to a permanent location, and are hoping the PODS can continue to… Continue Reading

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