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Keep up with news and stories about the work we’re doing to help people in our communities.

Grand Treasure a real gem

Grand Treasure a real gem

Lunch at The Grand Treasure, left to right: Thalia, Pollyanne, Ihaka, Mr and Mrs Ali, Faz Nisha Ali, Ray, Alaina, and Kahurangi. Our Rotorua team was treated to a traditional Fijian Indian lunch recently, courtesy of owners of The Grand Treasure Hotel which provides emergency housing in Rotorua. The team enjoys a close working relationship with owners the Ali family, with housing team leader Pollyanne paying tribute to the safe and supportive environment they provide for our mental health and...

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Introducing our new Māori strategic lead, Ngaio Gillies

Introducing our new Māori strategic lead, Ngaio Gillies

Spirits were high as LinkPeople welcomed its inaugural Māori strategic lead, Ngaio Gillies, into the organisation recently. The role of Māori strategic lead is to provide guidance and leadership across LinkPeople to help ensure our work and our culture aligns with our goal of equity for Māori as well as reflecting Māori aspirations and perspectives, chief executive Fiona Hamilton said. Fiona told the guests assembled at the whakatau that while the organisation has undergone significant growth...

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Cuppa and catch up a winning formula

Cuppa and catch up a winning formula

Having a spot of morning tea and a cuppa is part of an initiative that is paying dividends at an eight-unit LinkPeople complex in Elsdon, Porirua. Last year, LinkPeople team leader Justine reached out to Constable Leathem from the Kapiti Mana Community Team to see if there was a way to build a safe and positive relationship between our tenants and the police. “The idea was to help build trust and confidence with the great community work their local police do in their community and that the...

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A new start at Pantera Way

A new start at Pantera Way

A new LinkPeople development at 5 Pantera Way in Manurewa has filled up quickly, with all of the 29 units allocated in the two months after it opened. It has been quite a journey for members of the newly formed community, the majority of whom had been on the streets prior to the March COVID-19 Lockdown. For many, going into emergency accommodation in motels during lockdown was the first step in their housing journey, fostering a new belief that maybe they could have a new life in their own...

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Argent Motor Lodge a lockdown haven

Argent Motor Lodge a lockdown haven

A strong partnership between the Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton and LinkPeople was forged over the COVID-19 lockdown, with the lodge taking on eight residents through Ahikāroa, a Waikato-wide service for people accessing mental health and addiction services who need housing support. Argent Motor Lodge had not previously been registered as an emergency housing provider, but after a call from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Design (HUD), owner Graeme Hunt decided to give it a go. Graeme said...

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Karakia at Manurewa development

Karakia at Manurewa development

Karakia was performed at LinkPeople’s new Pantera Way development in Manurewa today, the next step in the 30-unit property’s journey towards completion. Wise Group cultural lead Keri Opai performed the karakia, with some of the LinkPeople team and board members on hand to individually bless each room within the units. The purpose of the ceremony was to create a sense of warmth and aroha for those who will be moving in, with those in attendance holding kind thoughts for people who will soon...

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