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Contractor Connect

A Housing New Zealand quarterly update for its head contractors and their subbies.

Autumn edition

In this Autumn edition of Contractor Connect, our lead story is about making a good first impression when our contractors visit our tenants. We need to understand what it takes to be a “world-class maintenance and repairs service”.

We read about Tana, an 8-year-old boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and how a generous donation will have a huge impact on his life. We have stories about great collaboration and teamwork helping a community of 26 Housing New Zealand homes, how team work helped finish a job two weeks early and how our Dunedin contractor is doing their bit to help the environment.

You’ll be able to catch up on the hard work of the team at Programmed Facility Management, as well as hearing – directly from one of our tenants – high praise for one of the team at Spencer Henshaw.

Happy reading. We’ll catch you all again when the weather is a little warmer.

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Contractor Connect - Summer 2018

In this Summer edition of Contractor Connect, our lead story is about a big clean up in a Mangere street which also provided an opportunity to formally acknowledge students from two local schools who took part in work experience over the last school holidays.

We also have stories about how great collaboration and teamwork saved a much loved plum tree, PFM’s new E-Texting initiative and how our Dunedin contractor is doing their bit to help the environment. We also have a story about a recent Innovation Award win by our Health, Safety and Security team.

We finish off the year with a summary of some of the great feedback we've received from tenants.

Catch you all again in 2019.

Contractor Connect - Spring 2018

In this Spring edition of Contractor Connect we have many interesting stories.

Our lead story is about a new partnership providing skills and work experience for Mangere College students. We also share a very personal story about Switched On Group subbie Paul Lynch, who is now a published author, having written a book to help deal with the tragic suicide of his brother.

We’ve included an aspirational story about the journey of Spotless’ John Clifford from plumber to business owner, and stories about keeping teams safe and healthy in the field. We also highlight a pilot project in the Hutt to improve the thermal performance of some of our older homes.

And it just wouldn’t be Contractor Connect if we didn’t showcase some of the fabulous teamwork we know happens out there every day of the week.


Contractor Connect - Winter 2018

The latest edition of Contractor Connect celebrates the achievements and quality of work undertaken by our teams of contractors across the country. There is information on the outstanding efforts that shone through when our teams in Auckland banded together to respond to a very severe weather event in that city. In an exciting initiative, the first Hudson Sellars apprentice scholarship winner is announced while, in a similar vein, there is information on a Gateway Placement agreement with Hasting Boys High School and our head contractor for the East Coast-Hawkes bay area.

Further down the country, our contractors played a major part in a successful family fun day in Mosgiel. This edition further celebrates not just the work of our contractors but the extra effort they out into their communities. 

Contractor Connect - Summer/Autumn 2018 [PDF, 12 MB]

Welcome to the Summer/Autumn edition of Contractor Connect. This edition includes a story about two new recruits from the Philippines who have joined South Auckland subcontractor SW Scaffolding. We also hear from West Coast subbie McKay Contracting who went above and beyond to keep tenants safe and dry during two recent bad weather events.


Contract Connect - Spring 2017

In this edition we profile the success of our Auckland Void Programme, celebrate the quick thinking of two contractors who helped tenants during a medical crisis, and give you the latest information on safe lead paint removal. We also showcase some great work opportunities that PBMCs have provided and highlight a new initiative that is helping raise health and safety awareness in the Pacific workforce. And finally, with Christmas looming we share some generous Christmas giving and give you a snap shot of our 2016/17 achievements in our Fast Facts section.

Contractor Connect - Winter 2017 [PDF, 3.2 MB]

Contractor Connect - Summer/Autumn 2017


Contractor Connect - December (PDF, 1.4MB)(external link)
They say from adversity comes strength and Housing New Zealand staff and contractors certainly flexed their muscle, in the best possible way, following the Kaikoura earthquake.

Contractor Connect - August (PDF, 8.6MB)(external link)
Two streets in Stokes Valley got a spruce-up in early July thanks to a group of young aspiring leaders, community members and Housing New Zealand staff and contractors.

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