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Published: 17 September 2019

Our teams are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of thousands of New Zealanders and here we celebrate the achievements of our teams and our properties.

Our buildings

Spirit of Service Awards 2019

Housing New Zealand is the proud recipient of a shared award from the Prime Minister for work on the Healthy Homes initiative - helping create warm, dry healthy homes for low-income families.

The Ministry of Health led the Healthy Homes initiative to reduce hospitalisations and Housing New Zealand has worked with other agencies to help make improvements in homes.

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Te Maru o Tawatawa wins NZIA Wellington Architecture Award

Housing New Zealand’s development in Wellington Central won an NZIA Wellington Architecture Award for multi-unit housing. The winning property, Te Maru o Tawatawa in Britomart Street, Berhampore, consists of 34 one-bedroom units within three two-storey buildings.

We would also like to acknowledge the team at Studio of Pacific Architecture(external link) who were the architects on this project and Berhampore Primary School(external link) for naming the complex. Te Maru o Tawatawa means, ‘The shelter or protection of Tawatawa’.

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Proactive problem solving to housing New Zealanders

Housing New Zealand has won the inaugural CoreNet Global Proactive Property award. The event, which was held in Britomart last night, was run by the New Zealand chapter of CoreNet, the non-profit corporate real estate association.

Housing New Zealand’s Asset Development General Manager Patrick Dougherty said he was pleased the organisation was receiving national recognition for the design and delivery of state housing.

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Jennings Jersey redevelopment wins at 2018 Property Council Awards

Property Council Award

June saw another win for Housing New Zealand’s development of its Jennings Jersey property in the established Auckland suburb of Mount Albert. On Friday night, Patrick Dougherty and the team took home a merit award in the Natural Habitats Urban Land Development category.

The Jennings Jersey development represents the best of contemporary state housing. It incorporates Housing New Zealand’s best practice approach to redevelopment, with innovative site planning and design values, and a significant investment in critical stormwater infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community.

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Jennings Jersey redevelopment wins Auckland Architecture Award

The redevelopment in Mount Albert won a New Zealand Institute of Architects award for the Auckland region in the Housing Multi Unit category.

The Jennings Street and Jersey Avenue project, which replaced eight 1940s houses with 18 modern state homes, incorporates Housing New Zealand’s best practice approach to redevelopment in established suburbs with innovative site planning and urban design values.

Read more on the Award.

Jennings Street and Jersey Avenue, Mount Albert

Jennings Street and Jersey Avenue, Mount Albert

Metro Magazine features HNZ Jennings Jersey redevelopment article

Read the article from Metro's September/October 2018 issue [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Centennial flats win Bronze in New Zealand Commercial Project Awards

Centennial Flats

Built in 1938, the flats have heritage status and are considered to be a classic example of international style architecture. When they were built, they were designed with a circular hall in the centre that was used for tenant gatherings, social events and get-togethers.

The flats were part of a refurbishment by Maycroft Construction Limited and won a Bronze Award due to the excellence in workmanship, construction practices and innovation.

Read more on Centennial Flats(external link).

Our people

HNZ staff awarded for their hard work

Housing New Zealand has been recognised for the care and support it provides the people it serves.

From drastically reducing call centre wait-times to tackling social issues in our communities, it received accolades and awards at last week’s Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) Excellence in Housing awards.

Inspirational staff, outstanding leaders and successful projects were all celebrated at The Boatshed in Wellington, and joined by Housing Minister Phil Twyford. Ten separate initiatives from Housing New Zealand staff were nominated for awards.

Read more on the award night.

Housing New Zealand wins Innovation award at 2018 Safest Place to work

Last week our Health, Safety and Security team was presented with the accolade in the 2018 Safest Place to Work Awards, run by Safe365.

The awards, sponsored by TradeMe Jobs, aims to reward, celebrate and recognise organisations that have built an outstanding health and safety culture and capability.

Tarniya Comrie, Health Safety and Security Manager, says that she is really pleased to have received this award as it demonstrates the work that the team has put into creating effective partnerships with HSS contractors.

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Urban Design Manager wins national architecture award

Housing New Zealand warmly congratulates its Urban Design Manager, Sue Evans, who on Friday night (9 November) at Te Papa won industry recognition with a national award from the president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Each year the NZIA President recognises, through this award, people who have given outstanding service to the Institute, supported its activities or generally assisted the cause of architecture in New Zealand.

Read more about Sue Evans


Customer Centre Champions

Congratulations to Shahnaz and Steve who are winners in the 2018 Contact Centre Institute of New Zealand Awards (CCINZ).

The awards dinner was held on the weekend with Shahnaz coming out top in the National Contact Centre Trainer of the Year category and Steve winning the National Contact Centre WFM Professional of the Year award.

Read more on our customer centre champions


Janders Dean innovation awards

Janders Dean winner logoHousing New Zealand’s in-house legal team has been recognised for a pilot project which has cut the time needed to compile building contracts by an average 75%.

The Janders Dean & NexisLexis APAC Innovation Index recognises the most innovative law teams in the Asia Pacific region, and in 2018 Housing New Zealand has been named as one of seven outstanding organisations in the region.

Housing New Zealand General Counsel Bruce Riden says the pilot project involved working with a specialist document automation company, LawHawk, to take the hours-long manual process of compiling contracts for building projects and automate as many aspects as possible.

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Australasian Customer Experience Management Awards 2018

Call Centres in Manukau and Porirua come 2nd in Australasian Customer Experience Management Awards 2018

The Call Centres came second in the Overall Best Organisation for Customer Experience category and also won an Honorary Mention in the Awards that were held in Sydney in May.

The team won because of their commitment to putting their customer at the heart of what they do and because of their customer-centric services.

Team member wins Spirit of Engagement Award at Worker Engagement and Representation Conference

Spirit of Engagement AwardThe Awards, run by the Government Health and Safety Leadership Group, was held in Wellington in May.

Nathan, from our Strategy business group, is an extremely proactive team member who embraces the Housing New Zealand culture towards safety and ensures everyone is safe at work. Nathan is passionate about Health and Safety and has been a key HSS leader.

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