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​​​​​Drawing the line – how many state houses do we need?

Alan Johnson, Social Policy Director at The Salvation Army in NZ, presented at an Australasian Housing Insititute event in Auckland on Thursday 21st July. Alan's presentation provided a critique of the Government’s stance that the overall numbers of state housing should reduce to 60,000 by 2017. He argued that the provision of state housing should be based on the type and extent of need and a clear understanding of the interventions required to address this need.

​It’s renters versus the rest

The latest HRV State of Home Survey has found mould is prevalent in almost half of New Zealand’s rental homes and renters take more sick days than the national average. Some landlords are refusing to address tenants concerns about the cold, damp and mouldy state of their homes with 56% of property owners doing nothing when contacted about housing issues by tenants.

New Zealand housing and the United Nations sustainable development goals

The United Nations has identified 17 global goals for sustainable development to achieve transformational change throughout the world by 2030. These goals include ending poverty and hunger and the things we would want to see in a fair and equitable world. They also include 169 targets. So how does this affect New Zealand’s community housing sector?

Building a model for alternative procurement

CHA asked Deloitte to assist with setting out an alternative model for community housing provider involvement in stock transfers that delivers on several fronts:​​ a local response to delivery; improved tenant choice across the housing continuum; increases supply of both social and affordable housing; and is phased to support provider growth and builds capacity. We need member feedback on this please.

AA home insurance survey has some interesting findings

In a recent AA Insurance Home Survey, which interviewed 500 landlords throughout New Zealand, almost 90% were concerned that tenants might damage their investment property. This was followed by the possibility of missing rent payments (88%) and then contamination of the property by consumption or production of illegal drugs (87%). Yet over the past 12 months to 31 May 2016, the most common type of landlord claim is for accidental loss or damage to property (25%) for such things as a hole in the wall or stain on the carpet, not for intentional damage. The average cost for insurance claims from landlords is $3,000.

House price index show a surge in investor activity

The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for June have increased 13.5% over the past year. Values rose by 5.6% over the past three months and are now 42.6% above the previous market peak of late 2007. When adjusted for inflation the nationwide annual increase drops slightly to 13.0% and values are now 21.6% above the 2007 peak. The average value nationwide is now $590,909. The Auckland market has increased 16.1% year on year and 4.7% over the past three months. Values there are now 78.4% higher than the previous peak of 2007. When adjusted for inflation values rose 15.6% over the past year and are 52.1% above the 2007 peak. The average value in the Auckland region is now $975,087.

NZCCSS vulnerability report 2009-2016

For the last six years the NZCCSS Vulnerability Report has tracked the experiences of the families affected by the impacts of the global financial crisis and the organisations that work alongside them. "A ‘new normal’ of desperation to find housing, food and sufficient income to survive has emerged for many families”, says Trevor McGlinchey New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Executive Officer. “The members’ reports clearly demonstrate the huge complexity of client needs and the ever-increasing demand for social services”.

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More national leadership needed

Infrastructure Report: The NZCID policy prescription released at last weeks New Zealand Council for Infrastuctural Development conference reveals a distinct lack of leadership and a high-level infrastructure strategy was a major hindrance in New Zealand compared with...

West Auckland report on the homeless

For 19 people in West Auckland, home is living and sleeping on the streets of Waitakere. Their story, and the circumstances of their life, are captured in the latest report of the Salvation Army: “Hard Times”. The report details how uncomfortable life is for this...

Increased number of building consents in Auckland

Residential building in Auckland is at its strongest in a decade with 8300 consents for the latest year – an increase of 21 per cent on the previous year. "This is the fourth consecutive year of over 20 per cent growth and is the strongest sustained increase in...

Minister releases housing figures

The social housing register is the number of eligible applicants for social housing properties or transfers between social housing properties at a given point in time.The Minister commented that the June 2015 quarterly figures showed the number of applications on the...

Auckland housing feasibility report released

The Auckland Council Development Capacity Model 2015 calculates how many houses the market is likely to build under the PAUP planning controls. It estimates approximately 64,000 additional dwellings could be developed under today’s market conditions within the...



Recently released findings from the NZ Housing Foundation commissioned research AFFORDABLE PLANNED HOUSING: A RESIDENTS' PERSPECTIVE clearly show that planned, quality, affordable housing developments impact positively on a household’s wellbeing and quality of life....

Renting in New Zealand: perspectives from tenant advocates

This article presents key themes generated from semi-structured interviews with tenant advocates. Tenants are confronted with issues of poor housing quality, insecure housing, high rents relative to income, lack of autonomy and difficulty asserting their legislative...

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