DONNA Neria, Lloyd Hosken, Lorraine Steele, Jeanette Duff and John Duff get ready to tuck in. Photos James Sandbrook OB4573-14

TENNANTS of the Richard Street Rangimarie Trust put on an afternoon tea for their landlords on Tuesday.

Four of the trustees, including chairman Rangi Williams, were able to attend the Christmas-themed event, organised entirely by the tenants.

“We’re doing this for the trust because they take such good care of us,” resident Donna Neria said.

Ms Neria spearheaded the organisation, assisted by the other tenants in the trust units, and went all out with Christmas decorations to liven up the afternoon.

Another resident, Helga Bidlake, said they put on the meal for the trustees “to say thank you for everything they do for us”.

This is the first time the tenants have organised an event for the trust, and the day was improved by the rain letting up just before the meal.

JOHN Duff, Victoria Radley, Helga Bidlake, Alan Murray, Jeanette Duff, Donna Neria and Lorraine Steele enjoy their meal. OB4573-27

“It’s really nice that the tenants put this on for us,” Rangi Williams said.

The trustees were treated to salads, seafood and more, followed by dessert and a secret Santa gift exchange to finish off.

The trust has built and maintained the 12 Richard Street units over several decades, with the idea of helping elderly or disabled tenants find affordable, quality housing.

“It’s a real community, everyone looks after each other,” said trustee Lorraine Steele.

The 12 tenants have regular visits from the trust, and Ms Steele said they were quick to fix any issues that arose in the dwellings.

“It’s just great, it works really well,” she said.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz