About Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is a peak body for New Zealand’s community housing sector. Our provider members house approximately 35,000 people nationally across 18,520 homes. Our partner members include developers, consultants and local councils.

About CHA

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Council and Staff

CHA is governed by an elected Council of nine members and has a team of eight staff

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Documents

See our strategic plan and other CHA documents

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The Shift Aotearoa

The Shift wants Aotearoa’s housing system to emphasise human rights and Te Tiriti

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Community Housing Solutions

CHS is the consulting arm of CHA

Homes provided by community housing organisations

People Housed

About Us

Community Housing Aotearoa is the peak body for New Zealand’s community housing sector. Our 90 provider members house approximately 35,000 people nationally across 18,520 homes. Our 19 partner members include developers, consultants and local councils.

Our Vision is to make sure every New Zealander is well-housed in a warm, safe, dry and affordable home. This is a basic human right.

We work to support the growth and development of community housing providers to enable them to provide affordable and social housing.

We want to demonstrate that community housing is a critical element alongside private and government owned housing. No one can do it alone.

Community Housing Aotearoa aims to:

  1. be the voice of the community housing sector
  2. build capacity and foster collaboration
  3. promote best practice in housing policy
  4. champion quality and excellence.

CHA members include full members: community groups, housing trusts, Māori and Pacifica housing providers and tenancy services; and partner members: local authorities, private developers and private housing businesses, who are delivering community housing solutions through-out New Zealand. More on membership here.

Frequently Asked Questions about CHA

Is Community Housing Aotearoa a government agency, a charity or a private company?

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is not a Government agency. We are an incorporated society and a registered charity focussed on supporting groups to create affordable and social housing throughout New Zealand.

How is Community Housing Aotearoa different from Housing New Zealand (Kāinga Ora)?

CHA represents the interests of its member community housing organisations who provide a non-governmental community-based alternative to state Kāinga Ora (HNZC) and private provision of housing. Typically community housing organisations are not-for-profit and meet affordable housing need in local communities. This is different to housing provided by Government owned, Kāinga Ora (Housing New Zealand), in their state houses.

Does Community Housing Aotearoa oversee the building of the houses?

CHA does not build or supply housing itself. We support our member community housing groups who oversee the building, purchasing and tenancies of homes for families and individuals needing access to affordable housing in New Zealand communities.

Who is eligible to become a Community Housing Aotearoa member?

Membership of Community Housing Aotearoa is open to all individuals, iwi, groups, organisations and businesses that operate, own, invest, partner, develop or reside in affordable, community and/or social housing, providing their aims and objectives are consistent with the objectives of Community Housing Aotearoa.

Who is a partner member of CHA?

CHA has full members and partner members. Full members are community or voluntary housing organisations, or groups of tenants of community housing. Partner members are individuals, local authorities, private development companies, and other private and public entities which invest, operate, own or develop affordable, community and/or social housing. Local authority housing providers are partner members. The CHA constitution will tell you more.

What are the benefits of being a Community Housing Aotearoa member?

If you are part of the community housing sector you will want to join to stay up-to-date with sector news, events and resources. We provide advice to members and best practice guidance to help develop their organisation and their service. One of the main benefits for members is their ability to take part in discussions that will shape the future of community housing in New Zealand.

Contact Us

Level 11, Ranchhod Tower

39 The Terrace/102-112 Lambton Quay
PO Box 11543
Wellington 6142

04 385 8722

support@communityhousing.org.nz

Annual Report

CHA’s Annual Report for 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020

CHA’s Annual Report for 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020

Strategic Plan

CHA’s Strategic Plan 2018

CHA’s Strategic Plan 2018

Featured Network

Residential Tenancies Act Community of Practice

Residential Tenancies Act Community of Practice

Our Place

Our Place 2017

Our Place 2017

Case Studies

Media Releases

The Shift Aotearoa conference 2021 issues papers released

Community Housing Aotearoa’s three pre-conference work programmes are kicking off next week with initial zoom meetings in the Narrative Transformation and Housing System Settings streams scheduled for Tuesday 26 January at 10AM and 1PM respectively. Issues papers to...

News

CHA Level 4 Guidance Document 8 September

CHA Level 4 Guidance Document 8 September Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) has put together this document to consolidate information, contacts, resources and advice to help you in your day to day service delivery and decision making. It will be updated as new...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) COVID-19 Update 26 August 2021

Message from CHA's Chief Executive, Productivity Commission Submission - Include Housing in the Terms of Reference, CHA's support for members, sharing ideas and issues, Ministry of Health information and advice, Government support for your organisation, important...

Newsletters

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 30 August 2021

Message from Chief Executive, Support for Members, CHA Regional Event Series, #right2housing - Episode 2, Community Finance named as finalists at Sustainable Business Awards, Feedback sought on draft strategy and planning policy for housing measures, An update on the...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 18 August 2021

Community Housing Aotearoa COVID-19 Update, Message from CHA's Chief Executive, CHA's support for members, Sharing ideas and issues, Ministry of Health information and advice, Government support for your organisation. Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 18...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 16 August 2021

Warm Welcome for CHA's new Chief Executive, CHA Regional Event Series, Masterclass Webinar on Place-based initiatives: Save the Date! Government Reinstates Operating Supplement. On-going Engagement Underway - HRC Framework Guidelines on the #right2housing in Action....

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 3 August 2021

CHA Regional Event Series, Human Rights Commission Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home, Stories of Homelessness: When the Dominoes Start to Fall, Tenancy Management - Code of Practice, In the News, EVENTS, Upcoming Homestar v5 Events. Community Housing...

Submissions

Legislation

Reports

Te Whakaruruhau Report

The Te Whakaruruhau Report establishes the peak body services to the Homelessness Sector by Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te IwiTrust and Community Housing Aotearoa. The report can be found here: Te Whakaruruhau September 2020

Research

Following the money

http://www.buildingbetter.nz/publications/contestable_research_projects/Saville-Smith_2018_following_the_money.pdf

BRANZ research report on ‘exceeding the minimum’ released

This report looks at the question: why don’t landlords choose features that exceed the minimum building standards and what are the enablers to changing this? The aim is to identify the barriers to an improved rental stock and potential solutions to overcome the...

Community Housing Aotearoa

Contact Us

Contact Info

Level 11, Ranchhod Tower,
39 The Terrace /
102-112 Lambton Quay
PO Box 11543
Wellington 6142

+04 385 8722

support@communityhousing.org.nz

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