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Contractor Connect - Summer/Autumn 2017

Published: 28 March 2017

Huntly family firm has HNZ floors covered

Fifteen years ago Tim Spencer was a Huntly College student who did school holiday labouring for Housing New Zealand head contractor Responsive Maintenance Ltd (RML). Read more


A chat with HNZ’s chief executive

Last issue we introduced Housing New Zealand new chief executive Andrew McKenzie (AM). This issue Contractor Connect (CC) sits down for a chat with him about maintaining HNZ properties and the stock renewal process ahead. Read more


It’s a Star Subbie bonanza!

This quarter we present Star Subbie Awards not to just one, but four top-performing subbies!

All of the contractors acknowledged played a critical role in transforming a south Auckland motel in the last week before Christmas, making it fit to accommodate people in urgent need of housing. Read more


Corrections and DHMC work together for good

With plenty of exterior painting on the go in the south, Dunedin Housing Maintenance Contractors (DHMC) Ltd is on the hunt for a new tradie to join its ranks. But it’s also hoping to give someone a second chance in the process.

A Housing New Zealand head contractor, DHMC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Corrections at the end of 2015. Read more


Keeping health and safety simple ain’t stupid

When you think Health and Safety do policies, manuals, paperwork and ‘Too Hard Basket’ spring to mind? Spencer Henshaw (SHL) is fighting back, introducing simple, practical measures to keep its staff and subbies safe.

Over the past eight months the Housing New Zealand head contractor has developed and trialled a simple health and safety system to support its subbies. Read more


Editor’s farewell

This issue of Contractor Connect will be my last as I head off to a new role outside Housing New Zealand and, with luck, a shorter commute in the madness that is Auckland traffic!

Contractor Connect will continue, with my colleague Mary Lose taking over the reins. Read more


Your views on Contractor Connect

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their views on Contractor Connect via the survey released last issue.

Around 70 people responded; a great effort given the time of year and how busy everyone was, and is!

The aim of the survey was to find out how useful Contractor Connect is to you, what you enjoy (or not) about it, and what you’d like to see appear in future. Read more


Sad passing of Hudson Sellars

It is with sadness that Contractor Connect advises of the unexpected passing of Spencer Henshaw Limited’s QA Manager, Hudson Sellars.

Just 43, Hudson was part of the Spencer Henshaw business since the very beginning and leaves behind a young family.

SHL Operations Director Tom Lavery says Hudson was always ready to listen and to help, and was generous with his time, knowledge and patience... Read more


Scaffolders help students on to career ladder

Housing New Zealand subcontractor SW Scaffolding is helping four Manurewa High School students take their first step on the career ladder.

The Wiri-based firm, which provides scaffolding for Housing New Zealand via Edwards & Hardy and Spencer Henshaw Ltd, has started a work placement pilot for the students who are all in their final year of school. Read more


Exterior painters brush up on their spray capability

Five exterior house painting business have acquired spray painting equipment and received training in the technique thanks to support from their head contractor.

With a robust pipeline of Housing New Zealand exterior painting work, Spencer Henshaw Ltd has invested around $100,000 in equipment and training for the five subbies. Read more


Finishing with a flourish...

It’s a widely accepted quirk of human nature that people are quick to complain, but slow to compliment. To help reverse this trend, we end every issue of Contractor Connect on a high note. Here’s just a small sampling of the positive feedback received by our Customer Services Centre about work recently done by Housing New Zealand contractors. Read more



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