In true Absolutely Positively Wellington fashion, Wellingtonians banded together in spirit, supporting one another through a challenging and unprecedented time.
From lockdown day one, teddy bears popped up in windows and gardens to bring smiles to whānau on their neighbourhood walks.
People enjoyed valuable time with family and discovered the local parks and reserves on their backdoor steps, which saw an increase in the use of our green and open spaces.
The capital's business community found innovative ways to share their products with customers and initiatives like WOAP’s At Yours and WellingtonNZ’s #LoveLocal were created so people could continue to support Welly companies, shops, and producers during trying times.
People reached out to their neighbours, and volunteers worked hard to ensure no corners of society were forgotten.
With a skeleton crew and support from the Council, Kaibosh Food Rescue saved food from ending up in landfill and redistributed it to 32 charities that operated during the lockdown – providing kai to soup kitchens, marae, foodbanks, residential facilities and other essential social service providers.
Wellington Student Army ran errands including shopping for vulnerable residents and helped with Meals on Wheels runs. The Compassion Soup Kitchen provided take-away meals for whānau in need and prepared meals for the Wellington Night Shelter.