City Housing Team top Australasia

1 November 2013

Wellington City Council's City Housing team has won the Australian Housing Institute Top Team Award for Excellence in Social Housing across Australia and New Zealand.

Having recently won the top award in New Zealand, the Council’s Housing team were up against some stiff Australian competition.

The Council’s City Housing Manager, Vicki McLaren, says she is thrilled with the win and is glad that the hard work of the City Housing staff has been recognised at an international level.

"This award confirms that the Council has the best social housing team in Australasia. Over the past few years we’ve made it not only our goal to upgrade and modernise our social housing but transform the lives of our tenants for the better."

The AHI awards acknowledge social housing projects that are judged to have made a significant and lasting difference to tenants and their community.

In addition to the top team award, the Central Park apartments upgrade project gained a highly-commended award in the Leading Housing Project category.

Chair for the Community Committee, Councillor Paul Eagle, says this award confirms the Council’s social housing upgrade programme is one of the best in Australasia.

"Congratulations again to our City Housing team. The Council’s social housing upgrade programme has been winning awards since 2010 - only two years after starting the 20-year upgrade programme. This award is our sixth Australasian award and I’m sure it won’t be our last. Housing is a core public service so it’s great to get these rewards to remind us we’re doing a good job."

The $400 million housing upgrade project started in 2008. The goal is to provide better housing - installing insulation and double glazing, and improving ventilation and heating - creating safer, warmer, drier homes.

The upgrade programme also aims to build communities with better recreation facilities, where residents can get to know each other better.

The redevelopment also includes major landscaping improvements to the grounds.

The units are spread across 40 housing complexes and range from single-storey timber houses to multi-storey concrete blocks. When fully occupied, they are home to more than 4000 tenants.