Kia ora from the Editor

Published: 10 October 2018

As I write this it still feels like winter, with cold winds and rain around the country. With the weather people assuring us warmer weather is just around the corner, let’s hope that by the time you read this edition of Contractor Connect spring is here.

It certainly feels like it has been a particularly cold and wet winter and one of extremes. On behalf of Housing New Zealand, thank you for all your hard work and commitment to ensuring our tenants across the country live in warm, dry and healthy homes.

This spring edition of Contractor Connect is packed with variety. Our cover story is about a new partnership providing skills and work experience for five 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 him 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 what you have been doing to keep your teams safe and healthy in the field.

We also highlight a pilot project in the Hutt to improve the thermal performance of 66 of our older homes. And it wouldn’t be Contractor Connect if we didn’t showcase some of the great teamwork we know happens every day of the week.

When your teams are out in the field working in tenants’ homes, we know it makes a real difference when the tenant is at the centre of everything you do. So keep up the great work.

Ngā mihi

Angela Pearce
National Maintenance & Upgrade Manager

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