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18 Jul 2018

Haumaru Housing celebrates first anniversary

Haumaru Housing has been celebrating its first anniversary throughout the month of July with a series of special morning and afternoon tea events for its tenants across Auckland.

Gabby Clezy, Chief Executive Officer, says: “Haumaru Housing is the largest Community Housing Provider in the country that uniquely specialises in providing affordable rental homes for older people. 

“This has been our first full year of operation, and we’re delighted to celebrate this important milestone with our tenants and joint venture partners.”

Joining tenants, Haumaru Housing staff and representatives from the local community at the Kaumatua Court event in Te Atatu were Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Chair of The Selwyn Foundation Board, Dr Kay Hawk, representing Haumaru’s partners in the joint venture.

Haumaru Housing Limited Partnership took over operation of Auckland Council’s Housing for Older People service in July 2017. With 62 villages across Auckland and more developments in the pipeline, it provides safe, secure and affordable long-term tenancies for older Aucklanders who are vulnerable and in need, and aims to create positive and inclusive communities that support resilience, connectivity and enhanced wellbeing.

“Haumaru Housing is as much about enhancing people’s wellbeing as it is about providing housing. We aim to create age-friendly communities, where social isolation and loneliness are eliminated, and also work to help tenants access the social, health, advocacy and budgetary advice services they need to improve their overall wellbeing,” says Ms Clezy.

As a New Zealand not-for-profit NGO, Haumaru Housing invests in communities, in terms of people and properties, retaining all surpluses to benefit older adults in local neighbourhoods.

Pictured at the first anniversary celebrations at Kaumatua Court are (from left to right): Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Shane Henderson, Haumaru Housing Board Member Matthew Harker, Haumaru Housing CEO Gabby Clezy, Mayor Phil Goff, Kaumatua Court tenant Bill Tangariki, The Selwyn Foundation Board Chair Kay Hawk, and Waitakere Ward Councillor Linda Cooper.