In November 2018 Housing New Zealand launched the Pride In Your Home Awards to celebrate and recognise tenants who look after their Housing New Zealand homes and take pride in where they live.
And the nominations flooded in.
There were beautiful gardens, immaculately maintained interiors and many, many stories of tenants overcoming significant health and wellness struggles to continue to care for their homes and gardens.
Since November last year worthy award winners from across New Zealand have been officially recognised and received a framed Pride In Your Home Award and gift voucher of their choice.
We want to congratulate all our winners and thank them for the care and aroha they have shown towards their Housing New Zealand homes.
Pride In Your Home Award winners
Malcolm was nominated by his Tenancy Manager after he transformed his Housing New Zealand backyard into a bountiful vegetable garden complete with carefully tended sun flowers standing out the front. A keen gardener Malcolm also generously sprayed his neighbour’s backyard, planted pumpkins and regularly shares his vegetables and seedlings with friends.
69-year-old Toria has been in her Housing New Zealand home since 1991 and was nominated by her Tenancy Manager for keeping her home spic and span in spite of the many challenges she faces having Cerebral Palsy and being in a wheelchair.
Linda was nominated by her Tenancy Manager for her beautiful garden and the care she has shown her Housing New Zealand home. Even with some significant health problems Linda mows her own lawns, looks after a bountiful garden and propagates plants to decorate her home.
Long-term Housing New Zealand tenant Margaret was nominated by her Tenancy Manager for the amazing condition she has keep her home in over the years. A spritely 89 year-old, Margaret is very house proud and keeps her two-level home very tidy and well maintained. The condition of her home so good, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford took the time to pay her a visit.
Tui and Tui (mother and daughter) Whangarei
A mother and daughter gardening duo were nominated by their Tenancy Manager for their amazing gardens. Tui (mum) is an exceptional gardener and has turned her backyard into a tropical paradise, complete with exotic plants, water features and even a pet turtle. Her daughter (also named Tui) has inherited her mum’s green thumbs and created a fun outdoor area for her kids to play and a garden bursting with fresh vegetables and strawberries.
Last year life got very tough for Barbara and looking after her home was a daily struggle. But with the right support she is now back on her feet and once again feeling house proud and keeping her home well maintained. So much so that her Tenancy Manager was literally blown away when he visited her and quickly nominated her.
LeeAnn, New Plymouth
Leeann has lived in her Housing New Zealand home since 2008 and in that time has made many improvements including planting shrubs and garden beds and painting the inside of her lounge and bedroom area.
A Housing New Zealand tenant for many years Seneuefa was nominated by her Tenancy Manager for her excellent home care and maintenance, not to mention the time and effort she has poured into caring for her lovely garden.
Cecil and Mary, Te Awamuti
Elderly couple Cecil and Mary have turned their simple Housing New Zealand front and backyard into a beautiful landscaped garden bursting with flowers and scrubs. They were also nominated for the warm and welcoming home they have created, filling it with items they love, sourced from second hand shops and garage sales and keeping it tidy and well maintained.
Mele takes great pride in her Housing New Zealand home keeping it neat and tidy, but she also takes great care of her garden. What was once just bare ground is now filled with roses, succulents, lilies and flowering plants potted in recycled car tyres.
About the Pride In Your Home Awards
In late 2018 Housing New Zealand Senior Stakeholder Manager, Marion came up with a special idea. She wanted an award to recognise the many tenants living in Housing New Zealand homes who take pride in their home care. Her idea took off and in November nominations were called for the 2018 Housing New Zealand Pride In Your Home Awards.
Tenancy Managers around New Zealand got in the spirit and nominated tenants who had:
- Shown a distinct improvement in home care and maintenance
- Demonstrated excellent care and maintenance of a home over a period of time
- Improved their home with lovely gardens, improvements to street appeal and interior decoration.
Each award winner receives a gift voucher of their choice and a framed – Pride In Your Home Award. Nominations for the Home Pride Awards will be called for again in May 2019.