Health and safety

Stroke signs

Around 24 New Zealanders will have a stroke today.

If someone has a stroke, it means something has stopped the normal flow of blood to their brain. This can occur when a blood vessel in their brain bursts or becomes blocked by a blood clot.

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In the last 2 years Housing New Zealand have upgraded many homes to improve the lives of their tentants.

Every household releases around 8 litres of moisture into the home every day from activities like cooking, showering and breathing.

The more mositure there is in the air, the harder and more expensive it is to heat.

Here are some simple things yo can do to help reduce moisture, making it easier to heat your home.

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Here are a couple of things to help you keep safe around the home during summer...

  • Keep yourself safe at home
  • Don’t make it easy for burglars
  • Medicines, chemicals and cleaners
  • It’s cool to be cool...
  • Don’t add to the Heat
  • Who to call in emergencies
  • Within arm’s reach
  • Keep yourself safe From fire

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Here are a couple of things to help you keep safe during summer...

  • Keep fire safe
  • Keep Kids water safe
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Going away on holiday


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Spring is here – so it’s a great time to give your house a good clean or get out into the garden and see what needs to be done.

Never mix products together.

If you use chemicals to clean your oven or kill your weeds, be careful where you store them... 

Click here to download the CLEAN & GREEN booklet.

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Gas is commonly used in homes across New Zealand for heating and cooking. While gas is instant, reliable and efficient it can be dangerous. WorkSafe are running a campaign to help Kiwi’s use gas safely.

If you smell gas indoors, don’t muck around – take action!

Also, have a look at the WorkSafe video for more tips...

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Check out some videos with tips about keeping your home warm and dry. The videos have been produced in English, Maori Samoan and Tongan.

Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness. It starts with a sore throat known as ‘strep throat’. Most sore throats get better on their own, but if strep throat is not treated with antibiotics it can sometimes turn into rheumatic fever. The symptoms may disappear on their own, but the inflammation can cause life-threatening rheumatic heart disease.

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Unattended cooking and a clothes dryer are thought to have caused at least five fire’s across the country in the last three weeks.

In all cases the smoke alarms sounded and alerted tenants so luckily no-one was hurt.

These fires cause a lot of damage to our houses and our tenants belongings.

Todd O’Donoghue, from NZ Fire Service says many house fires are easily preventable, see below a list of tips to help you be fire wise!

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With winter well and truly here there is no better time to start doing things or learn some new ways to keep your home warm and dry.

We have produced a handy hints poster that is packed with tips.

The Hutt City Council has also produced this cool animated video – take a look!

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Peter Batten credits the working smoke alarms in his Housing New Zealand house with saving the life of his teenage son.

The Christchurch tenant says he has always been safety conscious and regularly checks the smoke alarm batteries are working.

A few months ago, his 18-year-old son came home from work one Saturday morning and decided to cook some chips.

He left the deep fryer on the stove-top and went into the lounge to watch television.

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Every two weeks, a child is injured as a result of being run over in a driveway. Children aged around two are at the most risk – because they’re at a height that’s easy to miss when you’re driving.

At Housing New Zealand we want to reduce the risk of children being hurt in driveway run-over incidents. We’re installing fences at all our properties where there are small children, including self-closing gates with latches that children can’t reach. So far we’ve completed work at nearly 14,000 properties with small children living at them.

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You, or your family/ whānau, may be able to get free flu vaccination.

It’s best to get immunised before winter so you’re protected before flu season strikes. Even if you don’t fit into one of the groups above, you may still be able to get free vaccination from your employer, or for a fee from a doctor, nurse or some pharmacists. 

Visit today to find out whether you qualify for free flu vaccination.

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Household cleaners and chemicals we use every day can be harmful to our health or the environment or both – even products marketed as natural, organic or environmentally friendly.

For more information, visit

  • Know what you are using
  • Use with care
  • Pick it up or lock it up

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What is rheumatic fever?

Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness that mainly affects Māori and Pacific children and young people (aged between 4 and 19 years).

It starts with a sore throat known as ‘strep throat’ – a throat infection caused by bacteria called Group A Streptococcus. Most sore throats get better on their own, but if strep throat is not treated with antibiotics it can sometimes turn into rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever makes the heart, joints, brain and skin swollen and painful. The symptoms may disappear on their own, but the inflammation can cause life-threatening rheumatic heart disease.


There has been an increase in cooking-related fires around the country – don’t leave your pots or frypans unattended when cooking.

If you must leave the room when cooking, TURN OFF the stove.

Keep your stove and grill clean to prevent the build up of spilled fats and burnt foods.

Curtains, tea towels, oven mitts and any flammable items should be kept well away from the cooking area.