Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Christchurch Housing Initiatives Launched

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Christchurch City Council and Housing NZ was signed today to launch three joint initiatives for the city with an emphasis on housing.

The agreement comes after lengthy discussions between the City Council and Housing NZ following a visit to Christchurch earlier this year by the Minister of Housing, Mark Gosche. The chairman of the Council's Strategy and Resources Committee and a member of the Burwood-Pegasus Community Board, Cr. David Close, said today that the project arose because of the renewed consultation between local and central government and he welcomed the trend. The Regional Manager of Housing NZ, Ian Bourke, echoed Cr. Close's sentiments by stating that the future lay in partnerships.

The two parties will pursue three initiatives in partnership. They are:

* An Aranui renewal strategy.

* An assessment of affordable housing needs in Christchurch.

* An investigation into the merits of a tenant charter.

The projects will run for a year and will place emphasis on providing environmentally friendly and affordable housing in the city for the future. The charter will set out tenant and landlord responsibilities and expectations in a clearer way so that both parties are treated in a consistent and fair way. The Aranui strategy aims to find ways to enhance the provision of more affordable housing for the community, to encourage the community to take greater pride in and ownership of their future, and to improve the environment of the district in a sustainable way. Both Cr. Close and Mr Bourke said today that determining the needs for affordable housing in Christchurch were important. As society changed so did housing needs and both the City Council and Housing NZ had to know what was wanted in the city in the coming years. They said that the agreement launched today would ensure that a holistic picture for affordable housing was established for the city. "These initiatives are all about future proofing," Cr. Close said.

Further information: Rob Dally, City Council Property Manager: 371 1500 and Ian Bourke, Housing NZ: 3712 510.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news