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Contractor Connect - Summer 2018-19

A quarterly update for our head contractors and their subbies.

Hello from the Editor

As I write this for Contractor Connect, we still seem to be experiencing extremes of weather across the country. Recently here in Auckland we had brilliant sunshine followed by a huge hail storm with hail the size of marbles in some places. It was severe but thankfully brief.

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Big clean-up in Mangere

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.

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E-Texting to contact tenants

In our last edition, we shared stories about new technology in the contractor maintenance space.

We have another technology story for you in this edition, this time about E-Texting.

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A loved plum tree lives another day

As part of our Boundary Fencing Programme, an upgrade of a boundary fence was planned at a Riccarton property in Christchurch.

At the time the job was scoped, nothing out of the ordinary was identified. It was just a matter of removing an old broken fence, trimming some trees and removing vegetation to allow a brand new wooden fence to be built.

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Switched On efforts create a revamped community facility

Switched On is always on the lookout for ways it can contribute and make a difference to local communities.

Team member Greg McKeeman recently identified an opportunity at a Housing New Zealand complex in central Christchurch.

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Dunedin doing their bit for the environment

The environment is administrator Gaylene Smith’s passion. Through her passion and enthusiasm, Gaylene is educating Dunedin Housing Maintenance Contractors (DHMC) on how they can also play a part in caring for the environment.

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Storytelling through pictures – Dawson Road Primary

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and the photos below from the day spent at Dawson Primary School certainly show what a difference a day makes.

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Gateway leads to full-time job for Jireh

In the Winter 2018 edition of Contractor Connect we shared a story about Prestige Limited signing a Gateway Placement Agreement with Hastings Boys’ High School.

Erik Behringer, HR Manager at Prestige, says Jireh Ayre was the first young man to join the Prestige team as a painting labourer, initially working one day a week.

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HNZ wins Innovation Award

Our Health, Safety and Security team recently received an award in the 2018 Safest Place to Work Awards run by Safe365.

Sponsored by Trade Me Jobs, the awards aim to reward, celebrate and recognise organisations that have built an outstanding health and safety culture and capability.

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Last health and safety forum for 2018

Housing New Zealand hosts quarterly health and safety forums for PBMC representatives and Health and Safety Advisors. The last forum for 2018 was held recently at Eden Park in Auckland.

The focus of the forum was future thinking around what health and safety practice will need to look like after 2020 from a trades, PBMC and HNZ view.

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First aiders to the rescue

While this emergency did not occur on a Housing New Zealand site or involve HNZ staff or tenants, we’ve included it in Contractor Connect as a reminder that we should always be prepared for an emergency and ensure we have trained first aid staff.

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Introducing SPM Assets

On 1 July 2018 SPM Assets (known as SPM) began a contract to deliver health and safety inspections for Housing New Zealand, with a new team of inspectors based around the country.

SPM health and safety inspectors will clean, check and install smoke alarms, fit and fix window security stays and ensure freestanding ovens are correctly secured.

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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!


And finally, the last shout outs for 2018

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.

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