This is part of a drive by Housing New Zealand to promote sustainable transport among its staff announced by Housing Minister Chris Carter.
"Housing New Zealand is one of the largest government entities with staff all over the country. Because of the significant geographic area state housing covers, the corporation's staff travel widely," Mr Carter said.
"As part of the government's push to make the public service more sustainable, Housing New Zealand is to become one of the first government agencies to trial workplace travel plans. The trial will take place in Auckland."
A travel plan is a package of measures that aim to reduce the number of car journeys and provide people with greater transport choice, including carpooling, cycling, walking, running or public transport.
To encourage their staff involved in the Auckland trial Housing New Zealand is providing umbrellas and bicycles at the offices involved.
Pool Bikes are being trialled at Housing New Zealand's neighbourhood units at Glen Innes, Panmure and the national office. Staff can use the bikes on tenancy visits, lunch time rides and to trial work to home rides.
Umbrellas will also be available in every neighbourhood unit and at the national office to in encourage walking for short trips.
You would have to wonder if they have put management procedures in place to keep track of all the bicycles and umbrellas since these are items which tend to vanish into the fourth dimension with distressing regularity.
Still its the thought that counts I suppose.