Randwick Park is a South Auckland suburb and home to more than 5,700 people, a third of whom are 15 years of age or younger. The area has similar percentages of Māori, Asian and Pākehā peoples and a higher Pasifika population. A third of the population are lone parents, many living below the poverty line. Home ownership has decreased and private rental has increased by 30% in the last decade with Housing New Zealand the largest landlord in the area.
It’s an area full of contrasts and a rawness that inspires promise for the future. From the outside, it seems to offer little, but when you look inside, you find an abundant community that is growing; thriving because some people genuinely care for it and the people who live there.
Collectively the community have, for well over a decade driven sustainable change within their community. Change that has been cultural, spiritual, and commercial providing a sense of care, belonging ownership and responsibility with new Manu Tukutuku community and sports centre and skate park at its heart underpinning an increase in community events, environmental initiatives, strong culture of youth leadership and youth volunteering, and neighbourhood support networks.