Storbie is passionate about people finding and buying local products and services. In our Shop Local article series, we talk to retailers, town/city centre managers and passionate people about what makes their local area unique and how they’re spreading the word within and beyond their community.
Storbie spoke to Kate Adams, Manager at Mangere Bridge Village Business Association.
Encouraging Shop Local Through Community Events and Projects
Tell me a bit about Mangere Bridge Village and what makes it unique.
Mangere Bridge has a real sense of community and I feel that is what makes us really unique. Community participation when it comes to events and community-based projects shows this in so many ways.
We are really spoilt with the amount of eateries we have within the village and you will often find the same locals sitting around the same table every morning enjoying their coffee and having a chat. We have Cambodian cuisine, fish ‘n’ chips, southern fried chicken, Chinese takeaways, cafés, bakeries, sushi, hangi, pizzas and roasts.
We have a wide variety of shops on offer and cater to a wide variety of requirements, we have a post shop, supermarket, fruit shops, florist, tattoo and arts gallery, butcher, second hand/charity stores, real estate offices, $2 dollar stores and more.
What events and initiatives does the community get involved in to promote and celebrate the village?
We host boutique markets every Sunday which draws in a great crowd to the area, these are held from 9am-2pm in the village square on Coronation Road.
During the summer months we host “Crafty Sundays” which we run at Naomi and Bill Kirk Park, these are all craft type stalls and we often have a local or someone giving a demonstration of their craft. We also have live music Thursdays which run during the daylight savings months with performances outside the café strip from 6-9pm for the patrons.
We have a couple of key events throughout the year with our Food and Wine Festival, and our Santa parade. These events have been running for some time now and attract thousands of visitors to the area every year. We also have new events which we hope to introduce to the area in the next couple of years, including a fun run and even a car event.
We have recently re-introduced Neighbourhood Support to the area and in the first few months we managed to get a lot of people on board to support this initiative, we hosted a community BBQ where people could come along and learn about Neighbourhood Support and what it does for our community. We hope to continue to grow this over the next year, we would love to have as many people as we can on board.
Friends of the Farm is our local group based at Ambury Farm Regional Park. They are really focused on being waste wise within the village and often help out at our events to ensure that they are zero waste.
What are your plans and priorities moving forward?
Moving forward we want Mangere Bridge to continue to grow and be a safe, happy, friendly and welcoming place for our families and people to visit.
We have major upgrades in place at present with regards to updating the Village’s CCTV system to ensure the safety aspect of our future goals.