More than a roof over someone’s head – an interview with Rosie Gallen on tenant engagement

Rosie Gallen has spent the last nine years as the Community Action and Engagement Manager at Wellington City Housing. Her role was to design and implement an inclusive Community Action Programme focused on strengths-based community development alongside the upgrade of Wellington City Housing. I interviewed her shortly after she left this role to take up her new position with the Salvation Army in Porirua as the Community Ministries Manager.

This year Rosie won the Australasian Housing Institute’s New Zealand award for most inspiring team member. The Community Action Programme won the leading community engagement category in both New Zealand and Australasia-wide. Other awards have been won: the 2012 AHI Leading Housing Innovation Award and, in 2010, the nationwide Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) – Excellence Award for Engagement.

Changing the hearts and minds of her asset-focused colleagues she considers one of her major achievements. They came to see that active participation by tenants in the design process meant a better result for everyone.

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