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$24.4m more for Auckland social housing

​The Government is giving an extra $24.4 million to community housing providers to increase the supply of social housing in Auckland. “We know the property market is extremely tight in Auckland at present, and it is no different for those organisations helping to house our most vulnerable citizens. This extra funding will allow community housing providers (CHPs) create more medium- to long-term social housing, and faster, where the need is most acute,” Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

CHRA guidance notes

Guidance notes from the Community Housing Regulatory Authority are available on their website and cover areas such as: Social Landlord: What sets you apart; separation of services; mandatory documents for annual regulatory reporting; the suspension and revocation process.

Te Puea Marae programme for homeless closes doors

​Te Puea Marae's winter programme for the homeless has been hailed a success after it sheltered 181 people in the last three months, including more than 100 children. It has been a beacon for families living in cars, garages and on streets and put the spotlight on homelessness and the emergency housing crisis. But its chairman, Hurimoana Dennis, says it cannot continue, as it relied on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers, some of whom put their lives on hold to help give destitute people a new start.​​

How can we provide decent affordable housing for our people?

Rising house prices are putting first home ownership out of reach for many Cantabrians. So how can we affordably provide decent housing for our people? Christchurch Dilemmas (on Radio New Zealand) asks how do first home buyers enter the housing market and looks for innovative housing solutions working both in Christchurch and around the world.

Mayoral candidate plans to set up NZs first “wet house” to tackle homelessness

Wellington mayoral candidate Justin Lester has committed to ending rough sleeping in the city and will start by establishing New Zealand’s first ever “wet house” for homeless alcoholics. Speaking with Stephanie McIntyre, Director of Wellington Downtown Community Ministry today, Justin outlined a plan to reduce homelessness and begging in Wellington.

Cold comfort for home buyers in Auckland

Independent economist Shamubeel Eaqub predicts slow change to Auckland's housing affordability in the wake of affordability requirements being dropped from the soon-to-be-introduced Unitary Plan. He disagrees with Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith's assertions that housing affordability will start being affected in the short term because of Unitary Plan changes taking effect from October.

Community Housing Aotearoa newsletter 1 September, 2016

September 1, 2016 CHA newsletter is out now. We look at co-design in practice with the Auckland city centre Housing First project, read more about the Draft Productivity Commission report on better urban planning , and sector news and research. We also look at the full story of meth testing homes as well as information on a number of sector events.

The housing challenge – what is Government saying today?

Nick Smith denies the Government has been missing in action over landbanking in Auckland, saying he can’t force private developers to spend money. In this interview with Patrick Gower , Nick Smith comments: “Is the government or the council to force people to spend tens of millions of dollars? No, it can’t. What it does need to do is get the incentives.”

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Insight: Full House – Homelessness & Big Families

Maria is exhausted. The solo-mother to seven children under 17 years-old has been searching for somewhere to call home for almost a year. Wearing a faded blue T-shirt and brown floral lavalava, she cups her hands in her lap and speaks softly about the difficulties she...

Landlord fined for non-compliant gas supply

Lina Liu, the landlord of two boarding houses, was taken to the Tenancy Tribunal by MBIE’s Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team (TCIT) for failing to meet her responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). “Following complaints of a gas leak at one...

UN supports call for a human rights based housing strategy

This support was issued by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which recently reviewed New Zealand’s progress in areas including housing, health and education and released its concluding observations. A human rights based strategy requires...

Renters getting raw deal from property managers

Consumer NZ head of research Jessica Wilson said tenants who dealt with a property manager were much more likely to report their home lacked adequate heating and had persistent mould. “Compared with private landlords, property managers were also more likely to delay...

​CHA says government needs community input to fix housing

Chief Executive Scott Figenshow today endorsed the United Nation’s report into New Zealand’s progress on housing, which backs a call for a human rights based national housing strategy. Such a strategy would require housing to be affordable, habitable, accessible and...

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