An increasing number of seniors are choosing to age in place as fewer older people are now living in nursing homes. Changes to homes and household safety are worth considering early in any design process or before mobility becomes impaired.
Registered community housing providers in Christchurch will now be able to access a $1.5m scheme for development contribution rebates after the council passed this policy on 20 December.
The Labour-led Government announced on 20 December to cancel the sell-off of state houses.
CHA’s Angie Cairncross wrote this piece alongside CORT Community Housing before Christmas, using their excellent history piece.
The Auckland relocation grant will be stopped after increasing state house waiting lists in other towns and cities showed it was just moving housing pressure to other parts of New Zealand, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced on 18 December.
This article from Steve Evans of The Herald looks at the challenges of building in Auckland and acknowledges that the key to tackling this issue is getting public, private and community sectors working effectively together.
The latest QV costbuilder report shows the average cost of building a new home in six of New Zealand’s main centres rose on average by 2.7% in the year to October 2017 and has risen 27.4% since the previous peak of 2007. This is faster than the annual rise of 2.1% in the year to October 2016, but slower than the annual rise of 3.5% seen in the year to May 2017, suggesting the rate of increase in the sector is affected by the slowing of the Christchurch region.
An interim KiwiBuild Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment jhas been set up while the legislation to establish the Housing Commission is developed.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford, left, has decided not to restructure Housing New Zealand. Labour Housing Minister Phil Twyford said in Government he has realised that the social housing provider is already moving in the right direction, and that a restructure could just end up slowing things down.
This is our last newsletter for 2017. The office will be closed between December 22 and January 8.