And they came in their droves on a gloriously sunny Saturday, for the second ‘Our Amazing Place, Massey, Treasure Hunt and Picnic’, organised by Massey Matters in conjunction with Lincoln Heights Primary School.
The first event last year had been great and organisers were expecting ahead of this year’s event, that it would be successful even beyond their hopes. They weren’t disappointed as 99 teams turned up to hunt treasures and celebrate.
The hidden treasures that had to be identified and found were 23 Community Service Organisations, Sports Clubs and Churches serving the Massey community.
To find all these treasures, participants with their “passports”, had to traverse Keegan Drive, Waimumu Road, Hewlett Road, Lincoln Park Avenue, Triangle Road and Doone Road to meet and engage with the various organisations. It was stunningly successful and the organisations were “blown away” by the positive feedback they received and are confident that the participants made real connections with the services available.
The water donated by Pure Living Water and Bonita Bananas donated by Turners and Growers were very welcome by the time the teams had negotiated the undulating Massey terrain and reached the picnic at Lincoln Heights Primary. There they were entertained with performances by Lincoln Heights students and Crescendo Trust.
The generosity of local businesses, meanwhile, ensured that there were so many prizes that the last of them weren’t given away until the following Monday!
The event, another resounding success for the Massey community, was sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson, Royal Heights, and supported by Massey Community Constables, the staff from BNZ Henderson, the Pacific Wardens and the Quality Team from Waitemata DHB who lent their assistance on the day.
Massey Matters was another initiative of the famed “Waitakere Way” in which Waitakere City Council sought to encourage communities to define and resolve their own issues by working together. They were then supported by the Council, agencies and local organisations providing expertise, resources, influence and funding to help.
“Local people know their own community best; what’s working, what’s not and how to build on the first and change the second”, was an unofficial motto.
Massey Matters began in mid 2006 and was originally co-ordinated by that indefatigable community champion, Megan Courtney. It’s a 10 year project about local residents, community groups and businesses the Council and government agencies making Massey an even better place to live.
For more information on Massey Matters visit their website http://www.masseymatters.org.nz/