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’.
Senior Tenancy Manager Alex Temara organised the event, co-ordinating with both HNZ’s Regional Maintenance Supervisor, Leena Ram and Spencer Henshaw Limited (SHL). The clean-up included fixing driveways, washing houses and clearing and repairing gutters. SHL organised skip bins for organic rubbish.
The day dawned with a forecast of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain. However, this did not faze the teams, who turned up bright and early in full high-visibility safety gear and rain ponchos. HNZ had organised a sausage sizzle to keep energy levels high and give tenants, staff and contractors an opportunity to mix and mingle before heading straight back into the mahi.
Leena says the day was a great success and tenants really appreciated everything. Other feedback included that it was really cool seeing HNZ doing something different. “One family also just wanted to thank HNZ for everything we do,” Leena says.
Alex says it was heart-warming to have the tenants involved in the clean-up and to see and feel their sense of pride and ownership in their homes and street.
“We plan to do more and more of these clean-ups where we all work together to make a positive difference to the lives of our tenants,” Alex says.