Hello from the Editor

Welcome to the spring edition of Contractor Connect. We have much to update you on, including the recent policy changes to lead paint removal, and in our Fast Facts section we outline our key achievements for the 2016/17 financial year.

We also celebrate the great work and fast thinking of our Performance Based Maintenance Contractors with some truly inspiring stories of how contractors went above and beyond for our tenants.

It has been very satisfying this year to hear from our tenants and staff about the great work our contractors do each and every day. There are high levels of respect and appreciation for the work that is carried out, and this is most evident when we experience a crisis.

In the aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake and during the flooding in Wellington and Whakatane, it was wonderful to hear of the lengths our contractors went to in helping people in need. This ranged from responding to urgent callouts, and sandbagging a tenant’s home, to offering words of assurance, and making an emergency call when needed.

Without you we simply could not maintain the 63,000 homes we own, or offer our current level of service. So thank you for the hard work you do and the times you go the extra mile to ensure we can provide safe, warm, dry and healthy homes for our tenants.

Finally, as 2017 winds down, we look ahead to 2018, which will see Housing New Zealand operating under a Labour/New Zealand First/Greens coalition government. With any new government come new opportunities and we look forward to working with Government to achieve the best possible outcomes for our tenants.

On behalf of Housing New Zealand, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. We look forward to working with you again in 2018.

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