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AHI branch networking event ‘P’ epidemic in NZ and its impact on social housing

The growing issue of methamphetamine contamination is challenging landlords across New Zealand and Australia. The Australasian Housing Institute in collaboration with Housing New Zealand and Community Housing Aotearoa recently hosted a presentation to share the Housing New Zealand’s approach to managing meth contamination across its national portfolio. A report on this 9 June event follows.

​Dwell Housing Trust in the media

Wellington community housing organisation, Dwell Housing Trust, recently received some negative press as a result of one of their homes being closed and the tenants being relocated to new homes. This was a very difficult situation for Dwell to handle and, despite handling the situation with sensitivity and with considerable thought for tenant welfare, as Dwell CEO Alison Cadman says: “not all publicity is good publicity.”

How to be a great advocate for tenants: Helen Gatonyi on tenant advocacy and 25 years with TPA

On the eve of her departure from TPA, Helen Gatonyi gives some advice for tenant advocates. Helen Gatonyi came to TPA for a six month contract and stayed for 25 years. This week TPA’s Manager will be leaving to take up new opportunities. I asked her what advice she would give a new tenant advocate- and this is what she said: “It’s all about the human story when you’re working as an advocate. How you hear the story and work with that person to address what’s going on,” says Helen. “It’s hearing with an open ear and being aware of what’s being held back- that’s what works best in an advocate, listening with respect.”

CHA newsletter 30 June 2016

In this issue we have a new member profile: Christchurch Tenants Protection Association, we learn how to be a great advocate for tenants from Helen Gatonyi who leaves TPA today after 25 years and we have an update on methamphetamine contamination in rental accommodation, amongst other news.

HNZC -warm and dry poster

​Through the warm and dry programme, all Housing New Zealand properties will, where required, have a warm and dry assessment and intervention, completed on them.

Plan of action for homeless in Tauranga

In the first meeting of its kind a steering group established to tackle homelessness and emergency housing needs in Tauranga came up with a plan of action. The Tauranga Homeless Steering Group has a plan to find short- to medium-term solutions for women and families currently living on the streets or in cars and tents. The group first planned to find out how many families were homeless, where they were and what they needed.