Commons Project wins Kumara Award

We are delighted to be one of the winners of this year’s Kūmara Awards in Ōtautahi. Our Commons Project was honoured with the award: Kei tua atu i te kaupapa / Beyond the Brief.

The purpose of The Commons Project is to bring people together every week and create a place for those most vulnerable in the city to connect with each other and access resources including the Christchurch City Libraries mobile library van and Orange Sky laundry and shower service.

“We believe by supporting and helping create these types of projects that it leads to a healthier community. It’s more inclusive, breaks down barriers and it’s showing that everyone has a voice and needs a place to belong" says Housing First Community Development worker Jono Kitt.

“What we’ve shown here is it doesn’t require a lot of money or massive resources, it just requires being empathetic, and  using available resources in a creative and proactive way.”

Click here to watch the full video about The Commons Project.

The Kūmara Awards are run by Placemaking Aotearoa, and supported by ChristchurchNZ and Gap Filler in Ōtautahi.


Comcare Trust
Te Whare Roimata
Emerge Aotearoa
Christchurch City Mission
Christchurch Methodist Church