Kāinga Ora spends $1.55M upgrading BOP homes

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Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities spent around $1.55 million dollars last financial year in the wider Bay of Plenty region.

The money was spent on exterior house painting ($640,500), fencing ($322 900), new roofing ($525,000) and driveway safety improvements ($70,000), to its homes.

These improvements are part of a series of planned programmes that greatly benefit customers and support regional businesses too, says Kāinga Ora maintenance contracting and asset services director Doug Spick.

"This work has seen around 490 households get improvements made to their home with either the exterior repainted, a brand new roof or boundary fence and where there are young children under 5, the home got a secure play area as part of our driveway safety programme.

"These completed jobs provided additional work for trades already involved in some capacity in maintaining our homes in the area."

Kāinga Ora began a new national maintenance Te Mahi Ngātahi contract in July, 2020. In addition to the usual contract terms and conditions, it also included a focus on an improved customer experience. 

"For customers having their home repainted, a new roof, fence or driveway safety improvements, we’ve improved our communication frequency with them.

"Our Maintenance Partners have co-branded vehicles and clothing so customers know it is our people at the door.  Throughout the job customers also receive regular updates on progress.

"“These improvements we’ve made are all about our customers – providing them with a great customer experience, in addition to the investment in making their homes better.  It’s really important to Kāinga Ora our homes not only meet our customers’ needs but our customers are also happy with the way we did the work at their home."

Safekids Aotearoa director Mareta Hunt also supports these improvements that made driveways at 25 Kainga Ora homes safer for whānau with young tamariki (children). 

Hunt says evidence from child driveway-injury research is clear and indicates that fewer tamariki will be injured in driveways when property and driveway design separates where tamariki might play or walk from areas where vehicles are driven.  

"Useful interventions include erecting a gated fence to prevent tamariki accessing the driveway as well as the use of signage and convex mirrors to aid drivers in multi-unit complexes.

"With summer and the traffic light system whānau are spending more time outdoors, so we also encourage all homeowners and tenants to be extra careful around driveways. Know where your tamariki are and that they are supervised before you get into your car and remember to always check for kids before you turn the key."

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Posted on 06-01-2022 12:12 | By

Probably spent many times that amount re-branding from the perfectly acceptable name Housing New Zealand. Other people’s money...