Housing New Zealand will not be restructured

Dec 18, 2017 | News



JOHN HAWKINS/STUFF

Stuff news say the state social housing provider is currently run as crown entity, housing 64,500 families.

“Housing New Zealand is full of people who are motivated by the best of intentions,” Twyford said.

“It’s about being pragmatic.”

Since taking over Twyford had been impressed by two strains of work: better tenant care and rapid house construction.

“We are developing a new approach to the Housing New Zealand landlord role, based on the idea of sustaining tenancies and taking a more compassionate approach.”

In practice, this has meant a recent loosening of the rules around pets so that tenants can own dogs and cats.

“Pets can be incredibly important to people and their quality of life, and HNZ has had a pretty tough policy in the past – where owning a dog was an exception not the rule. We are flipping that around.”

There has also been a shifting of attitudes when it came to methamphetamine.

“The first reaction now to meth consumption is not to make them homeless by kicking them out but to treat them for addiction.”

“That’s really about recognising that state house tenants in some cases have complicated lives. A good landlord does everything it can to sustain people’s tenancies and not end them.”

Twyford said he was surprised to find that many Housing New Zealand employees were already doing pastoral care work with their tenants outside of work hours. He wants to see this tenant care work become a part of the main job.

The other strain of work Twyford does not want to slow down is Housing New Zealand’s rapid construction programme, run out of the corporation and a subsidiary which built Hobsonville Point.

“They have really been gearing up for this challenge and have developed impressive capacity,” Twyford said.

“It’s a priority for us that they continue that work with all possible speed.”

Twyford didn’t rule restructuring the body at a later date, but this wouldn’t be in the short to medium term.

The decision was made by Cabinet on Monday and Twyford was keen for staff to not have a restructure hanging over them through Christmas.

The commitment to reinvest any surplus Housing New Zealand generates in more housing rather than taking a dividend remained.

National’s housing spokesman Michael Woodhouse said this was “yet another backtrack from Labour.”

“They were warned at the time that restructuring Housing NZ would only slow down house building, not speed it up.”

“It’s become more and more obvious that Labour’s house building plan involves doing exactly what the National Government was doing.”

– Stuff

Recent articles

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) Newsletter 22 August 2022

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

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...

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

News

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

Newsletters

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...

Submissions

Legislation

Reports

Research

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

Follow On