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 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 Report 2017

Our Place Report 2017

Case Studies

Media Releases


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

Tenancy Management COP November 2021 summary

tenancy-management-cop-november-2021-summary The final Tenancy Management Community of Practice for 2021 was held via zoom on 11th November 2021. This Community of Practice is relevant for advocates, practitioners, navigators and tenancy managers involved in...


Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 2 May 2022

Human Rights Commission releases troubling indicators on habitability, COVID-19 RESPONSE, First funds released from council housing reserve, Seven-point plan released to tackle cost of living, Community Finance nominated for top industry award, In the News, Events,...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 19 April 2022

Haere rā to Brennan Rigby, Manager of Systems Shift, And the Supreme Business Excellence Award goes to…, CHA and Community Finance highlighted as leading housing systems change, Changes to the Healthy Homes Standards finalised, Practical Actions on Climate Change,...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 4 April 2022

Welcome to Justin Latif, CHA's new Communications Lead, COVID-19 Response, Ministry for the Environment releases draft National Medium Density Design Guide, Fair Pay Agreement Bill update, Update on the Incorporated Societies Bill, In The News, Events, Community...

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 21 March 2022

COVID-19 RESPONSE, From bank overdraft debt repayment plan and into a 'rent-to-own' place of their own, Homelessness Action Plan 18 Month Review, In the News, EVENTS, Sector Call online zoom on Property Management Regulations, Property Council New Zealand -...





Community Housing Aotearoa

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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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