1 July 2017 marked the start of services provided by Haumaru Housing, the limited partnership between New Zealand registered charity, The Selwyn Foundation, and Auckland Council, which has taken over operations of the council’s Housing for Older People portfolio.
The limited partnership was formed in December 2016 to undertake comprehensive tenancy and asset management services associated with the council’s stock of 1,452* rental units for senior citizens, which are located in villages across south, north and west Auckland. As a 51% shareholder, The Selwyn Foundation has three directors on the Haumaru Housing Board – Selwyn Board members, Helen Melrose and Vicki Sykes, and Selwyn CEO, Garry Smith. Matthew Harker and Kerry Hitchcock were appointed by Auckland Council following an external selection process. Helen Melrose is the Board Chair.
Gabrielle Clezy is the partnership’s Chief Executive Officer. Ms Clezy is former Chief Executive of aged residential care service provider, TerraNova, and has extensive leadership and operational experience in social services and aged care in both the UK and New Zealand. She has worked for not-for-profit organisations in the healthcare arena, such as Bupa Care Services and specialist addictions mental health trust, Odyssey House, and has also held senior roles in the UK tertiary education and national health sectors.
‘Haumaru Housing Limited Partnership’ has been registered as the name of the limited partnership, and the General Partner has been registered as ‘Haumaru Auckland Limited Partnership’.
Board Chair, Helen Melrose, says:
“Haumaru Housing aims to provide outstanding social housing for older Aucklanders and to create safe and secure age-friendly communities for our tenants. As ‘Haumaru’ means ‘shelter, to provide a caring and safe haven for everything’ – and has associated meanings of protection, security and refuge – we believe this encapsulates our vision and objectives for the partnership and the quality and respectful service that tenants can expect to receive.”
Chair of The Selwyn Foundation Board, Kay Hawk, says:
“The Selwyn Foundation has a long history of providing housing and accommodation for older people – since 1954, our mission has been to provide services for vulnerable elderly. Today, our charitable mission focusses more than ever on helping people into affordable rental homes, as well as alleviating the problems caused by loneliness, social isolation and financial hardship that equally affect the wellbeing of senior citizens and make them particularly vulnerable.
“Through Haumaru Housing, we are very much looking forward to applying our 60-plus years of experience and concern for the welfare of the older person, to the benefit of ever greater numbers of people. With our Auckland Council partners, we aim to provide a responsive, quality service and, in so doing, create environments where people will feel comfortable, content and secure in their homes, thereby enriching the lives of those who are most in need.”