A Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities quarterly update for its head contractors and their subbies.
Issue 6 - Spring 2023
In our Spring 2023 issue, we acknowledge the outstanding work and support from our Maintenance Partners and Trades during the weather events of the first half of the year, and examples of the ongoing great work to maintain and improve Kāinga Ora homes for the benefit of our customers. There's a wonderful story about tailoring our maintenance approach to meet the needs of a valued supported-housing customer, alongside stories from our partners. Also enjoy a selection of the many compliments received from our customers over the last six months.
Issue 5 - Summer 2022
We are pleased to be bringing back our Contractor Connect newsletter, especially for our valued maintenance partners and the many contractors and suppliers who help us maintain Kāinga Ora homes for the benefit of our customers. In this issue we talk about the recent changes to Healthy Homes Standards compliance timeframes, we highlight a great new health and safety resource, and we include some great stories from our partners
Issue 4 - Summer 2020
In our Summer 2020 edition of Contractor Connect, we have some great stories including a story about a new vegetable garden created for a customer in Palmerston North. Other stories are about great work from CJ’s cleaning, safety training and a bespoke solution to remove some pine trees at a Hamilton property.
Read previous issues
Contractor Connect, our newsletter for maintenance contractors has great stories about our tradies going above and beyond to help customers during Alert Level 2 in Nelson, Mangere and Hamilton. We also reflect on our collective achievements over the past six years.
- Contractor Connect - Autumn 2020 April edition [PDF, 139 KB]
- Contractor Connect - Autumn 2020 May edition [PDF, 253 KB]
Our Autumn edition is split into two parts, the COVID 19 April edition of Contractor Connect newsletter for maintenance contractors has some great stories about our tradies going above and beyond to help customers during Alert Level 4. We also have updates including about Te Mahi Ngātahi our next, national maintenance contract.
Issue 13 - Summer 2019
In our last Contractor Connect for 2019, we have some amazing stories about our trade's going above and beyond, to help our customers. We also share last year's achievements and have an inspirational story about CJ Gray who is working for one of our maintenance contractors in Christchurch.
Issue 12 - Autumn 2019
In this Autumn edition of Contractor Connect, our lead story is about making a good first impression when our contractors visit our tenants. We need to understand what it takes to be a “world-class maintenance and repairs service”.
We read about Tana, an 8-year-old boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and how a generous donation will have a huge impact on his life. We have stories about great collaboration and teamwork helping a community of 26 Housing New Zealand homes, how team work helped finish a job two weeks early and how our Dunedin contractor is doing their bit to help the environment.
You’ll be able to catch up on the hard work of the team at Programmed Facility Management, as well as hearing – directly from one of our tenants – high praise for one of the team at Spencer Henshaw.
Happy reading. We’ll catch you all again when the weather is a little warmer.
Issue 11 - Summer 2018
In this Summer edition of Contractor Connect, our lead story is about a big clean up in a Mangere street which also provided an opportunity to formally acknowledge students from two local schools who took part in work experience over the last school holidays.
We also have stories about how great collaboration and teamwork saved a much loved plum tree, PFM’s new E-Texting initiative and how our Dunedin contractor is doing their bit to help the environment. We also have a story about a recent Innovation Award win by our Health, Safety and Security team.
We finish off the year with a summary of some of the great feedback we've received from tenants.
Catch you all again in 2019.
Issue 10 - Spring 2018
In this Spring edition of Contractor Connect we have many interesting stories.
Our lead story is about a new partnership providing skills and work experience for Mangere College students. We also share a very personal story about Switched On Group subbie Paul Lynch, who is now a published author, having written a book to help deal with the tragic suicide of his brother.
We’ve included an aspirational story about the journey of Spotless’ John Clifford from plumber to business owner, and stories about keeping teams safe and healthy in the field. We also highlight a pilot project in the Hutt to improve the thermal performance of some of our older homes.
And it just wouldn’t be Contractor Connect if we didn’t showcase some of the fabulous teamwork we know happens out there every day of the week.
Issue 9 - Winter/Spring 2018
The latest edition of Contractor Connect celebrates the achievements and quality of work undertaken by our teams of contractors across the country. There is information on the outstanding efforts that shone through when our teams in Auckland banded together to respond to a very severe weather event in that city. In an exciting initiative, the first Hudson Sellars apprentice scholarship winner is announced while, in a similar vein, there is information on a Gateway Placement agreement with Hastings Boys' High School and our head contractor for the East Coast-Hawke's Bay area.
Further down the country, our contractors played a major part in a successful family fun day in Mosgiel. This edition further celebrates not just the work of our contractors but the extra effort they out into their communities.
Issue 8 - Summer/Autumn 2018
Welcome to the Summer/Autumn edition of Contractor Connect. This edition includes a story about two new recruits from the Philippines who have joined South Auckland subcontractor SW Scaffolding. We also hear from West Coast subbie McKay Contracting who went above and beyond to keep tenants safe and dry during two recent bad weather events.
Page updated: 8 September 2023