Auckland tenant Terrence King is absolutely rapt with his new Housing New Zealand home, after some really hard years sleeping rough in bus shelters and on the street, and, most recently, living in a cold and damp garage in West Auckland.
Before moving into his new Housing New Zealand home in the Auckland suburb of Meadowbank, Terrence says his health was getting worse. “Most of my benefit was being spent on day-to-day survival, which left little else for finding a permanent home, looking after my health and finding a job.”
Twenty-seven-year-old Te Aorangi Corbett can barely articulate how she felt when she moved into her new, two-bedroom home in Waterview's Torea Place late last year.
Te Aorangi spent some time in emergency housing and then most recently three years in an old state house in New Lynn before being allocated a new house in Waterview.
Te Aorangi's home is one of 17 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses which have replaced three 1940s brick duplexes, houses that were old, cold and damp.
Did you know that the wai is the Maori word for water?
Sometimes this can be a big problem, particularly in the dry summer months as places like the Hawkes Bay risk running out of water. The good news is it’s really easy to avoid wasting water. Teach your family to be wai-wise and help make sure there’s plenty of water for everyone this year.
A shared tea for tenants of 18 recently completed Housing New Zealand homes in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu went down a treat last month.
With help from colleagues, Housing New Zealand Community Development Manager Karen Allen organised the event to officially welcome the tenants to their new homes.
“Getting everyone together to mix, mingle and share some food is a great way to introduce people to their neighbours and create a sense of community,” Karen says.
North New Brighton tenant Aaron Flintoff says his new Housing New Zealand home is pretty much perfect.
The single father of one moved into the North New Brighton property with his six-year-old daughter earlier this year.
Aaron had previously been sleeping in his van at his mother’s house, while his daughter slept inside his mother’s house...
New tenants do some spring planting in preparation for the warmer growing months.
Using the land to grow your own food is a great way to save money and get to know a new place.
This is why L’Oréal chose to partner with Housing New Zealand and Refugees as Survivors NZ (RaSNZ) to create vegetable gardens for new tenants in Auckland.
Housing New Zealand is reminding tenants in the East Cape area to call 0800 801 601 to report any earthquake damage.
Regional Manager Darren Toy says that staff are checking on vulnerable tenants to make sure they are okay following the earthquake and aftershocks in the area today.
“At this stage all our staff are safe and well, and we have had no reports of damage to our properties or injuries to our tenants. However, we are checking on vulnerable tenants to make sure they are safe and well.”
Not many people feel happy that winter is just around the corner, but Avondale’s Josephine Beckham is all set for the colder months thanks to Housing New Zealand’s Warm and Dry programme.
The 51-year-old’s three-bedroom home has just been through this programme, making it healthier and more comfortable for Josephine and her family.
The Onerahi mum-of-five is a Housing New Zealand tenant whose home has recently been through the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme.
“We used to all sleep together ‘marae style’ in the lounge,” smiles the 35-year-old who has four of her five boys, aged 7 to 18, living with her. “We’d run the heater for four or five hours before we’d feel comfortable but now it’s so warm we can walk around in our underwear. It’s awesome!”