A quiet street in Mangere was full of positive activity recently. Housing New Zealand (HNZ), maintenance contractor Spotless, and HNZ subsidiary HLC put on a spring clean event for tenants living just outside the new Mangere Development.
About 50 plumbing, carpentry and electrical Spotless subcontractors spent the morning knocking on doors and checking to see if the 23 households in the area needed a hand with any home maintenance.
Around 45 maintenance jobs were logged, with many of them completed on the day, and six skip bins and five truckloads of rubbish were removed.
Housing New Zealand’s Mangere office brought out the barbecue and cooked up sausages for tenants and maintenance workers. HLC brought along activities for children and set up a covered area where people could sit and have a cuppa.
The event also provided an opportunity to formally acknowledge eight students from Mangere College and De La Salle College who took part in work experience with Spotless subcontractors over the school holidays.
The students received a certificate from Spotless and a Westfield voucher from the subcontractors who mentored them.
Year 13 Mangere College student Ky Dillon, who studies carpentry at Manukau Institute of Technology two days a week, was one of those taking part in the two-week work experience.
During this time Ky upped his skills in decking and indoor flooring, and says the best part was putting down flooring in the bathroom. “After we finished the flooring, I felt proud because it looked beautiful.”
This was the second intake of students to be selected for the programme. The pilot involved five Mangere College students and took place over the July school holidays.
HLC’s John Kumitau worked with the school principals to select the students and also formally acknowledged and thanked those involved in making the cadetship possible.
“Thanks to Spotless and their contractors for supporting the students, and Housing New Zealand for backing the work experience programme too. Hopefully we’ll continue building these types of community initiatives over the next few years,” John says.