Housing NZ improving driveways in Oamaru

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More Housing New Zealand properties in Oamaru will get driveway safety improvements.

The programme aims to reduce the risk of children being run over in the driveways of state homes and its positive benefits have already been noticed with parents and caregivers appreciative of the newly defined safe play areas.

Housing New Zealand’s Otago-Southland area manager Kate Milton said the programme had already started in Oamaru where five properties have had a variety of driveway safety improvements made. Housing New Zealand owns 118 properties in Oamaru.

The work can include fencing, self-closing gates with child-resistant latches, speed restriction signs, speed humps and convex mirrors where appropriate.

Ms Milton said Housing New Zealand takes the health and safety of its tenants and their families very seriously.

It has checked nearly 13,000 of its properties where there are children under five to see if they have play areas separated from driveways.

In the coming months, another three Oamaru houses will have a variety of driveway safety improvements made.

Ms Milton said this was an important investment as it improved the safety of young children living at a Housing New Zealand property.

“I’m really thrilled we have identified more Oamaru properties where we will be making these kinds of safety improvements. This kind of work really does have the potential to save the lives of children and, as a parent, I think that is a wonderful concept which I really believe will give the tenants at those homes peace of mind.’’

Housing New Zealand provides driveway safety advice to people when they move into a state rental home and regularly includes driveway safety information in its tenant newsletters.