Concern over reduced HNZC stock

Sep 4, 2017 | News

            In this Stuff news piece Phil Twyford said there was room for charities to provide social housing, it was up to the government to increase its stock to meet demands.Porirua state houses were advertised for sale in September 2016 before they were taken off the market.VIRGINIA FALLON/STUFF

            Porirua state houses were advertised for sale in September 2016 before they were taken off the market.

            “We have a housing crisis yet we have a big reduction in state homes that hasn’t been offset by community providers.”Last week the Anglican Church revealed that, as of April 30, of the 3500 hectares of Housing NZ land under management, 64ha was vacant – equivalent to about 64 rugby fields.

            As the number of Housing NZ properties decreases, social housing waiting lists continue to grow, with 1476 more applications in 2017 than the previous year.

            Housing NZ spokesman said, despite having fewer homes, the agency had replaced outdated properties with new houses.

            “During 2016/17 Housing NZ delivered a total of 1524 homes, including 1421 social, emergency and transitional homes, and 103 market and affordable homes.”

            The number of empty state houses had decreased, with 1592 vacant nationally in June, compared with 2486 a year earlier.

            Adams was unavailable for an interview but, in a statement released by her office, said the homes had simply changed ownership and legal contracts meant they had to stay as social housing.

            Earlier this year we transferred 1138 social houses to Accessible Properties [owned by IHC] in Tauranga and these remain social houses.”The 3922 figure included approximately 2800 homes transferred to the Tamaki Regeneration Company in Auckland, which were still social houses, she said.

            “We spent $2.3 billion on housing support this year, supporting more than 310,000 households. We’ve also committed $354 million for emergency housing the first time permanent funding has been committed, which will provided 8600 emergency places each year.”National had committed to increasing the total number of “social” houses by 6400 within three years, she said.

            Porirua City’s state homes were some of the oldest in the country and many needed extensive work to bring them up to modern standard. she said


            In the latest report, the Wellington region had 133 fewer state-owned houses in June 2017 than it did in the previous year.

            • Wellington City was down by 64, Porirua by 24, Upper Hutt, 9, Lower Hutt, 33, and Kapiti, 3.

Recent articles

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



Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 12 October 2021

Message from Chief Executive, Fortnightly Sector Zoom Calls, Tenancy Management Community of Practice, Ngāti Toa Secures A Deal To Ensure High Quality, Healthy And Affordable Homes At Kenepuru Landing, More Progressive Home Ownership Opportunities for First Home...




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


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

Follow On