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From 1 July 2018 the new Winter Energy Payment will be paid to seniors and people on a benefit to help with the cost of heating homes during winter.

Published: 2018-04-27
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Every morning Housing New Zealand tenant Glenn Williams gets up, makes his coffee and heads off to work for eight hours a day.

‘Work’ for Glenn is recreating history, and in a room of his state house in New Lynn he carefully works on historical models, sometimes three at a time, with each model taking up to six months to complete.

Published: 2018-01-11
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Emergencies can happen anywhere, any time and without warning.

Make sure you and the people you care about are ready to get through by knowing the different ways to stay informed.

Published: 2017-12-18
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Case manager Sara Calman with tenants Koha, Helen and Daniel.

A shared cup of tea ends up in a weekly café at the Dixon Street Flats.

Like a lot of great ideas, the idea to start a communal café at the Dixon Street Flats was thought of over a cup of tea.

Published: 2017-10-12
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Auckland tenant Terrence King is absolutely rapt with his new Housing New Zealand home, after some really hard years sleeping rough in bus shelters and on the street, and, most recently, living in a cold and damp garage in West Auckland.

Before moving into his new Housing New Zealand home in the Auckland suburb of Meadowbank, Terrence says his health was getting worse. “Most of my benefit was being spent on day-to-day survival, which left little else for finding a permanent home, looking after my health and finding a job.”

Published: 2017-08-28
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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.

Published: 2017-06-26
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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.

Published: 2018-09-14
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Good news! Housing New Zealand is now a pet-friendly landlord.

We know that pets can be great companions and we want our tenants and their whānau to experience the many benefits of pet ownership.