Erika & CoCo Flash are bringing their Rainbow Storytime and Living Library sessions to Nelson! Rainbow Storytime is a chance to hear books about acceptance, diversity, inclusion and being kind, play some fun games and meet some fabulous drag queens with plenty of colours and glitter! Open to children of all ages. Living Library is designed around learning about how the duo became Erika & Coco, how they identify and is a chance to ask any questions you have about the LGBTQIA+ community.
The latest developments at the Hub
Habitat for Humanity Nelson news:
The much anticipated but no less amazing news arrived last Tuesday that we received our Building Consent for 623 Main Road, Stoke. This means that we are all cleared to start building – 14 townhouses in total. This has been the result of a huge and sustained effort from Jo (Head of Property and Projects) and many others and naturally we’re delighted. Jo adds, “This is very exciting. After all that hard work of going back and forth with Nelson City Council and all the paperwork, we are finally good to start doing what we do best, building homes for local families.”
No surprise then that having received the news, the building team were rearing to go! Surveyors measured the location of the building pads last week.
Our pads have been formed this week and are waiting for the next stage.
Applications for 2022 closed
The Family Selection Team is very busy reviewing completed applications – we received 89 applications from families. There are many families in need and the team has a hard job ahead of them to select only 12 we can assist. We’re hoping that the selection process will be completed by the end of March.
Habitat Hub news:
New chef started at nook. last week
Greg, nook. Manager, was thrilled to welcome Rosemarie on Monday, 24th January 2022. Greg and Rosemarie have been busy preparing a new exciting lunch menu!
Rosemarie is originally from North Island. She started her first business when she was 23, a small Hamilton deli, and her first catering business in Nelson was Café Metro when she moved here in 1991.
“Food is a community – it’s the sharing and nourishment for not only body but for your soul and mind. When you come to eat, it is a communion. Nook. Café is such a unique place and I really love how people are welcoming,“ says Rosemarie. She is a specialist in vegetarian and vegan meals and likes to use seasonal ingredients. “Nutritious, but affordable is my goal.”
Rosemarie doesn’t have much spare time between work and her family with three sons, but when she does, she likes to be present and conscious – she meditates or practices yoga.
Outside dining at nook.
One of Habitat Nelson’s amazing volunteers has been busy doing the last sand and finishing of the tables and benches outside last week.
Jo (Habitat Nelson’s Head of Property and Projects), Greg (nook. Manager) and volunteers have been busy preparing the outside sitting area – the artificial grass was laid down, wooden tables and benches stained, and some trees were put in place (two lemon trees and one olive tree – all edible!). There is a plan for shade sails, sun umbrellas and murals in the near future. With a new chef and new lunch menu soon, it will be a local destination on its own.