Each year Nelson City Council organises a lunch for older people, including couples, who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone.
Complete with Christmas carols, a tree, cake, and a visit from Santa with presents, Deputy Mayor and organiser Judene Edgar says that it’s a very special occasion.
“There is always so much joy and cheer in the room, and we try to make it a really warm and welcoming day for everyone,” she says.
“We are delighted that NMIT has volunteered staff time and their catering skills to support this long-standing community event.”
Each year, thanks to the generosity of numerous local businesses and community groups, Council is able to provide an exceptional dining experience and this year will be no different.
Hospitality Services Manager Kate Neame says that “it’s a great opportunity and we jumped at the chance to be involved as it fits with our value of manaakitanga [hospitality].”
Along with Production and Catering Chef Rhys Van De Waardt, Kate says they’ve been busy planning a delicious lunch.
“It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community and to showcase all the work we’re doing in the hospitality sector at NMIT,” says Rhys.
Mayor Rachel Reese says NMIT is such an important organisation in our community and this is just another example of how much they do behind the scenes to support Nelson.
“I’m proud of this wonderful Nelson tradition and proud of NMIT for joining together with Council and local businesses to support our senior citizens.”