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Twenty-seven-year-old Te Aorangi Corbett can barely articulate how she felt when she moved into her new, two-bedroom home in Waterview's Torea Place late last year.
Te Aorangi spent some time in emergency housing and then most recently three years in an old state house in New Lynn before being allocated a new house in Waterview.
Caring for baby teeth can help your child to eat and sleep well.
Problems with baby teeth can cause your child pain and can lead to problems with their adult teeth.
Last year, many Kiwi kids had their teeth pulled out.
Thinking about moving from Auckland?
If you live in Auckland and you're interested in moving to another area in New Zealand then you may want to consider the Ministry of Social Development's 'Relocation from Auckland' package.
In the last 2 years Housing New Zealand have upgraded many homes to improve the lives of their tentants.
Every household releases around 8 litres of moisture into the home every day from activities like cooking, showering and breathing.
The more mositure there is in the air, the harder and more expensive it is to heat.
Here are some simple things yo can do to help reduce moisture, making it easier to heat your home.
Takes about 25 min prep time and 45 min to bake.
Winner of the Close to Home recipe competition in the ‘dessert recipe’ section. This recipe is truly delicious, thank you to Vivienne Esray Greenfields for sending it in.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, grease a 20 x 20cm cake tin and line with grease proof paper...
Serves 6 people
This dish uses only 450 grams of beef mince to feed 6 people, and like most one pan dishes it’s easy to prepare.
In a large frying pan add the mince and cook, pressing with a potato masher until crumbled. Add the onion, garlic and celery if using, and cook gently till soft. Add the cumin and Mexican seasoning and mix well.
Did you know that the wai is the Maori word for water?
Sometimes this can be a big problem, particularly in the dry summer months as places like the Hawkes Bay risk running out of water. The good news is it’s really easy to avoid wasting water. Teach your family to be wai-wise and help make sure there’s plenty of water for everyone this year.
Serves 6 people, takes 30 to 40 minutes to make.
This fragrant curry is quick and easy to make. Use lite coconut cream if you prefer and add fresh or frozen vegetables to the curry when it's simmering – green beans or spinach work well. Serve with rice.
Place the chicken, onion, apple, chutney, curry powder, tomato paste and seasoned tomatoes in a medium saucepan...
SUMMER CROPS ARE IN: Vera Marshall’s tomato plants are in and looking good. Her four children are now adults but, as a solo mum, she always grew vegetables to help sustain her family.
Papakura’s Vera Marshall may rent her Housing New Zealand home, but the house-proud 54-year-old treats the property like she owns it.
In the three years she’s lived there, she has transformed the garden from tidy but bare, to a suburban oasis boasting a vegetable garden, ornaments and a colourful array of flowers.
Here are a couple of things to help you keep safe around the home during summer...
A shared tea for tenants of 18 recently completed Housing New Zealand homes in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu went down a treat last month.
With help from colleagues, Housing New Zealand Community Development Manager Karen Allen organised the event to officially welcome the tenants to their new homes.
“Getting everyone together to mix, mingle and share some food is a great way to introduce people to their neighbours and create a sense of community,” Karen says.
The Close to Home recipe competition was a big hit with our tenants.
I received lots of tasty recipes in both the savoury and baking or dessert categories.
Including Tuna Fish Fritters, Salmon Pasta Bake and a gorgeous Lemon Meringue Pudding...
Some tips and advice to get your vegie garden growing.
By planting particular vegies in particular months you can get the best out of your garden.
We have a list to help you get started...
If summer is playing the game, it should be hot and dry this month so keep up the watering. In the cool of the morning and as the sun is going down are the most effective times to water, and remember to water the roots – not the leaves.
North New Brighton tenant Aaron Flintoff says his new Housing New Zealand home is pretty much perfect.
The single father of one moved into the North New Brighton property with his six-year-old daughter earlier this year.
Aaron had previously been sleeping in his van at his mother’s house, while his daughter slept inside his mother’s house.
New tenants do some spring planting in preparation for the warmer growing months.
Using the land to grow your own food is a great way to save money and get to know a new place.
This is why L’Oréal chose to partner with Housing New Zealand and Refugees as Survivors NZ (RaSNZ) to create vegetable gardens for new tenants in Auckland.