“Healthy in the Hutt’’ event strengthens community ties

Published: 29 August 2016

Community ties in Lower Hutt were further strengthened recently when Housing New Zealand partnered with a variety of stakeholders at a community event.

Healthy in the Hutt’

Housing New Zealand staff were among several organisations represented at the Healthy in the Hutt event.


The “Healthy in the Hutt’’ event attracted more than 100 people who enjoyed a mug of soup, learnt methods to keep their homes warm and dry, got up close to a fire engine and took part in childrens’ activities including face painting, balloon twisting and colouring-in competitions.

Housing New Zealand’s Central Stakeholder Relationship Manager Renee Martin, who helped organise the event, says it was more than just creating a fun day out for families.

“Events like these help us to build stronger relationships with our stakeholders, tenants and the communities in which they live.’’

The Hutt City Council, Regional Public Health, New Zealand Fire Service, Te Puni Kokiri, Rotary Club, Environmental Protection Agency and Housing New Zealand all took part with stalls, giveaways and information for the public.

Renee says working with stakeholders like Rotary is important because everyone wants the same thing – warm, dry, healthy homes for people who need them.

“Working closely with stakeholders provides a clearer picture of what Housing New Zealand does to help tenants and our role. It’s also a great way to identify new opportunities to work together to achieve the same outcomes.’’

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