The Shift Aotearoa

The Shift Aotearoa aims to achieve a social shift in New Zealanders’ housing experience and to reduce poverty by underpinning change with the human rights principles of constructive accountability and access to justice.

Shifting the System

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 hui).

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 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 is CHA’s workstream which is dedicated to contributing to these systemic changes and outcomes. 

The Shift Documents

Contact Us

Level 11, Ranchhod Tower

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

04 385 8722

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...


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...


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...




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


Following the money

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

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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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