Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Blooming state houses

Blooming state houses

Housing Minister Steve Maharey launched a nationwide gardening competition for state house tenants today.

The Garden Awards – run by Housing New Zealand Corporation - aim to recognise the efforts of tenants who take pride in maintaining their gardens. Last time about 1,600 tenants took part. This year there are two new categories, to encourage even more people to take part.

Steve Maharey visited a Miramar household planning to enter the awards this morning.

“The idea is not necessarily to have the biggest or brightest garden. There are categories that cater to all kinds of gardens, from pot plant collections to vegetable gardens. There’s also a category for children interested in gardening.

“Having a tidy or colourful garden you created yourself offers a real sense of pride in where you live. “The garden awards acknowledge the many tenants who go to great lengths to look after their places,” Steve Maharey said.

Categories include: New Garden, Open, Edible/Practical, Small Space, Children’s Garden, and a category for residents of Community Group Housing homes. Entry is free, and open to all Corporation tenants. Entries are open from 1 September to 12 November.

Photographs of entrants’ gardens will be judged locally in late November, and the winners will go on to national judging in December.

Local winners will be notified before Christmas and national winners will be announced early next year. Photographs of local winning gardens will be displayed in Corporation Neighbourhood Units from December.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election