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Build it… but can they come in?

This is an opinion piece from Geoff Penrose, General Manager of Lifemark Design looking at the 'housing crisis' and how we are responding to it. In the solutions to this crisis, he asks, what will the dwellings be used for, what types of people will live there, what will they want and what duty of care is there to provide homes that adapt to the physical, social and cognitive needs of the occupants?

Government to fund $1billion to boost housing build

Local councils in Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland will be able to apply for money to bring forward new roads, and water infrastructure needed for new housing, where financing is a constraint. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement as part of his keynote speech today at the National Party conference, being held in Christchurch.

CHA newsletter 30 June 2016

In this issue we have a new member profile: Christchurch Tenants Protection Association, we learn how to be a great advocate for tenants from Helen Gatonyi who leaves TPA today after 25 years and we have an update on methamphetamine contamination in rental accommodation, amongst other news.

Tenancy advisor wanted at Wellington City Council

The City Housing Team at Wellington City Council has an opportunity to make a genuine difference for a passionate, people-oriented and solution-focused person prepared to take on the challenge of Tenancy Advisor.

AHI branch networking event ‘P’ epidemic in NZ and its impact on social housing

The growing issue of methamphetamine contamination is challenging landlords across New Zealand and Australia. The Australasian Housing Institute in collaboration with Housing New Zealand and Community Housing Aotearoa recently hosted a presentation to share the Housing New Zealand’s approach to managing meth contamination across its national portfolio. A report on this 9 June event follows.

​Dwell Housing Trust in the media

Wellington community housing organisation, Dwell Housing Trust, recently received some negative press as a result of one of their homes being closed and the tenants being relocated to new homes. This was a very difficult situation for Dwell to handle and, despite handling the situation with sensitivity and with considerable thought for tenant welfare, as Dwell CEO Alison Cadman says: “not all publicity is good publicity.”

How to be a great advocate for tenants: Helen Gatonyi on tenant advocacy and 25 years with TPA

On the eve of her departure from TPA, Helen Gatonyi gives some advice for tenant advocates. Helen Gatonyi came to TPA for a six month contract and stayed for 25 years. This week TPA’s Manager will be leaving to take up new opportunities. I asked her what advice she would give a new tenant advocate- and this is what she said: “It’s all about the human story when you’re working as an advocate. How you hear the story and work with that person to address what’s going on,” says Helen. “It’s hearing with an open ear and being aware of what’s being held back- that’s what works best in an advocate, listening with respect.”

HNZC -warm and dry poster

​Through the warm and dry programme, all Housing New Zealand properties will, where required, have a warm and dry assessment and intervention, completed on them.

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​Housing trust completes Riverside Park development

Last year the Trust completed the construction of 11 new three-bedroom homes on land gifted from Riverside Park developer, Infinity Investment Group. Paul Croft, Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Group, says the 11 sections were part of an agreement with Queenstown...

Housing Quarterly Report released on 1 February 2018

We are pleased to see MSD continually improving and strengthening the transparency of the data. There is an open invitation to our sector to identify further opportunities for MSD to improve the reports. You can read the full report here. We note that proportionally,...

Transient population figures a national emergency

"This is the result of decades of punitive sanctions on beneficiaries, selloff of state homes, unliveable incomes and rampant housing speculation. The magnitude of these figures show that the Government will need to do more than simply tinker around the edges, and...

Growing waiting list shows need for more public housing

Figures released today for the December 2017 quarter show the total number of people on the public housing waiting list rose 5 per cent to 7,725. The waiting list is now comprised of 6,182 households in need of a state house and a further 1,543 waiting to be...

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