The Shift Aotearoa

The Shift Aotearoa aims to support a significant shift in both our housing expectations and experience.

Transforming our housing experience and expectations

CHA is committed to shifting the way our housing system is operating.

This starts with housing policy settings – we actively apply both a systems lens and a human rights lens to our feedback on Government policy and approaches. Beyond policy, we are considering a wide range of issues and opportunities where housing interacts with other ecosystems and wellbeing.

  • We are working with Te Matapihi to develop homelessness sector services;
  • we have partnered with the Peter McKenzie Project to identify opportunities to reduce child poverty through housing; and
  • we link closely with the global movement The Shift and share their commitment to the human right to adequate housing and examining the increasing impact of excess capital and financialisation on housing.

We are actively exploring other avenues to shift the system.

We actively gather, review and use housing research, and we are increasingly active in convening the policy, strategy, and systems conversations required to instigate change (check out CHA’s event page for future events).

We are working with The Workshop in a broad based group focused on examining how housing is represented to New Zealanders, and how New Zealanders talk and think about housing – this leads us toward increased effort to achieve a mindset change: fundamentally shifting New Zealanders’ expectations of how our housing system should work, and how Government policy should guide that outcome.

We’ve agreed the right to a decent home and a broader human rights-based approach to housing in Aotearoa is a ready-made housing system intervention to support change. We are actively sharing and promoting the Human Rights Commission’s Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home – New Zealand’s most comprehensive home-grown description of the human right to adequate housing, and most detailed guidebook on how it should be implemented.

The Shift Aotearoa is CHA’s workstream dedicated to contributing to these systemic changes and outcomes.

The Shift Documents

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Level 11, Ranchhod Tower

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

04 385 8722

Annual Report

CHA’s 2020/21 Annual Report

CHA’s 2020/21 Annual Report

Strategic Plan

CHA’s 2022-2023 Strategic Workplan

CHA’s 2022-2023 Strategic Workplan

Featured Network

Residential Tenancies Act Community of Practice

Residential Tenancies Act Community of Practice

Our Place

Our Place Report 2017

Our Place Report 2017

Case Studies

Media Releases


How community housing can mend our fraying fabric

NZ's social housing register has quadrupled in size since 2017 and big changes to mindsets over house building and housing affordability are needed, writes Community Housing Aotearoa chief executive Vic Crockford in The Newsroom. Click here to read more. 

Anti-Social Behaviour notes Nov 21

Tenants Protection Association (Chch) Inc. Notes for presentation at Tenancy Management Community of Practice Nov 2021 Anti-Social Behaviour notes Nov 21


Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 22 August 2022

Welcome new CHA team members, Newsroom opinion piece: Unlocking home ownership, Podcast out now, Our Conference is coming back, CHA Comms lead wins journalism award, Tenancy Management Code of Practice, Research Webinar, Sustaining tenancies or swift evictions? Job...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 8 August 2022

Development Pipeline Platform, Climate Change policy, MBIE and MHUD Building for Climate Change program, Powerful Partners (International delegation visit) Power Housing Australia, Right at Home episode two: Progressive Home Ownership, Council collaboration paves way...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 25 July 2022

We pay tribute to Ricky Houghton's lifetime work legacy, a great  well respected leader a huge loss for our sector and Tai Tokerau community, Acknowledgement and farewell to Bernie Smith another strong leader and advocate all the best on your new journey,...

Community Housing Aotearoa newsletter 11 July 2022

Our CEO Vic Crockford reflects on matariki and the current situation with Covid. Our new Community Housing Aotearoa podcast is out - with the first episode featuring interviews with Dwell Housing Trust and CORT's respective chief executives and Penina Housing Trust...

Community Housing Aotearoa newsletter 27 June 2022

Our CEO Vic Crockford reflects on our past, while looking forward, Dwell Housing Trust's board is recognised for their sterling efforts, new research highlights NZ's ongoing housing challenges. Upcoming events include; the Community Housing Aotearoa MSD Training...





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

+04 385 8722

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