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.
The initiative has resulted in 46,000 housing interventions that have reached 16,000 families. Work has covered a range of actions including doing repair work on existing homes, addressing heating options, increasing insulation and educating people about how to ventilate homes and keep homes free of moisture and mould.
Paul Commons, Chief Operating Officer for Housing New Zealand, says the healthy homes initiative supports what Housing New Zealand is all about – helping people live well in their homes.
"The more we can work together to provide warm, dry healthy homes – the more we can help strengthen our communities. It takes a joined up approach to get greater results on a larger scale "
Other partnering agencies working with us and Ministry of Health on the Healthy Homes initiative include the Ministry of Social Development, Employment Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Auckland Council.
Background on the Spirit of Service Awards
Media release: Healthy Homes Initiative wins Prime Minister’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Award
State Services Commission awards winners