Contractor Connect - Spring 2018

Published: 10 October 2018

A quarterly update for our head contractors and their subbies.

Kia ora from the Editor

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. Read more...

 


New partnership provides skills for Mangere College cadets

In the last school holidays, five year 13 Mangere College students traded their holidays for early starts, heading to local Housing New Zealand homes to install showers and do repairs. Read more...


From plumber to business owner – the evolution of Ubend Plumbing

For many tradies, owning their own business is the ultimate dream. Spotless General Manager Housing Nick Davidson says the journey of John Clifford and Ubend Plumbing shows it can be more than just a dream. Read more...


Suicide; Aftermath & Beyond, a book written by subbie Paul Lynch

After suddenly losing his brother to suicide six years ago, Switched On Group (SOG) subbie Paul Lynch is sharing his story and experiences in the hope he can raise greater awareness of mental health. Paul is calling on Kiwi blokes to have courageous conversations with their mates about the hard stuff. Read more...

 

 

 


Find U Lone Worker app keeps staff safe

Ensuring staff are safe at all times and have the right tools while out in the field are top priorities for Programmed Facility Management (PFM).

PFM has recently introduced a new lone worker app, called Find U Lone Worker App, to further assist their staff to manage their own personal safety. Read more...

 

 


Tradesman app makes it easier for trades contractors and their workers

In June, Spencer Henshaw launched Te Mana, a new job management system that has heralded an efficient and user-friendly way to get the job done.

Trades contractors who have started using the new app are talking it up. Read more...


Be lead aware – Spencer Henshaw’s new Vacmaster

Spencer Henshaw Limited (SHL) Operations Director Tom Lavery says it’s essential for tenants and staff that lead waste is not left behind after a job is finished. Read more...


Switched On’s team challenge

On Friday 1 June 2018 Switched On, in conjunction with Conservation Volunteers and Christchurch City Council, took part in a tree planting challenge as part of Conservation Volunteers’ World Environment Day. Read more...

 


Tenants and teamwork in Takanini

A community clean-up initiative in the South Auckland suburb of Takanini has had a positive impact for tenants. Housing New Zealand’s Takanini area team nominated Clarice Place as being in need of some ‘TLC’. Read more...


Going the extra mile and much more

We know some of our tenants find it really challenging to look after their homes and these situations are the exception rather than the rule. Read more...


Quick thinking saves tenants’ lives

National contractor Edwards & Hardy (E&H) provides maintenance services to Head Contractor Prestige Limited in the East Coast/Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu/Taranaki regions. Read more...

 

 


Quick thinking saves a beloved pet

Clean Up Canterbury were onsite at a property in the Christchurch suburb of Spreydon, in August, when they heard smoke alarms sounding and saw there was smoke inside the house. They could also see a small dog locked inside. Read more...

 

 

 


Thermal upgrade for the Hutt

Housing New Zealand is thermally upgrading 66 properties in Lower Hutt to ensure they are warm and dry for tenants.

The pilot has committed $9.3 million to improving the thermal performance of these homes through insulation, double glazing, thermal curtains, ventilation and new heating to ensure a healthy indoor living environment. Read more...


3 times shout outs...

A shout out to subbies that go above and beyond for our tenants, and their commitment to the public and environmental health and safety for staff, contractors and tenants. Read more....


Finishing with a flourish

Below is some of the positive feedback received by our Customer Support Centre about work done recently by our maintenance contractors. Keep up the great work! Read more...


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