Getting into the Christmas Spirit at Antrim House

Christmas Day tends to be the only day when all Pouhere Taonga properties are quiet across the motu – but that wasn’t the case at Antrim House this year.

Christmas at Antrim House
Members of the Stillwater Community enjoying Christmas Day at Antrim House.expand/collapse

For the past 10 years Central Baptist Church in Wellington has hosted breakfast on Christmas morning for the Stillwaters Community. The Stillwaters Community is a group of people who create space and care for people in Wellington who are marginalised. This includes activities such as a Friday night meal, camps, church services, drop-ins, friendship and help with day-to-day life activities.

In 2021, the organisers were struggling to work out how to run their Christmas breakfast safely and in line with Covid restrictions. It seemed even more important than usual to host an event that provided a way to be with others on what can otherwise be a lonely and difficult day. They approached us and asked if they could use the lawn at Antrim House (which is just over the road from the church) for people to sit outside, picnic style, commenting that the beauty of Antrim and its gardens would give the event something special. It was an easy request to say yes to!

As you can see from the photo, the weather played ball, meaning people could enjoy Christmas carols, breakfast from a food truck (Indo Plus which served 80 meals), coffee from Caffe L’affare, Christmas mince pies, and cheese rolls. Guests received a bag with chocolates, drinks, sweet treats, snacks, and a Christmas present. It was a merry Christmas morning indeed.

- Tamsin Falconer