Roma and Laurie
An example of how Dwell is more than a landlord.
Laurie, an ex-dance teacher, came here from Sydney in 1961, asked by a friend who had a dance school to help out for a brief period. That same year Roma arrived from Edinburgh to catch up with a boyfriend. One of her friends was a dancer who went to Laurie for lessons. Although Roma did first meet Laurie at one of the dancing lessons she attended, she got married to someone else, but that did not last.
Laurie went to England to further his dancing expertise, stayed for five years, then returned to Sydney but wasn't happy, so came back to Wellington. There he developed his relationship with Roma, who by that stage had got involved in Gilbert and Sullivan light opera.
Before getting their home with the trust they were renting from people who wanted to expand their business and needed the property for that purpose. They had been tenants with the trust for about ten years when, sadly, Laurie passed away early in 2016.
The pair had always regarded the property as their home – rather than as a rented flat - and did their best to look after it properly. They felt that the trust were caring landlords who responded efficiently to problems raised and took an interest in things that made a difference, like the heating in the property and the insulation of the windows. They liked the way the trust cared about them and how they are.
Everyone at the trust was saddened by Laurie's death but were pleased when Roma and Laurie's son was able to move into the property to live with his mother. Roma is now able to stay in the home she made with Laurie, one that has so many good memories associated with it.