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


Stock Transfers - A Way Forward for 20% of State Housing

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Stock Transfers - A Way Forward for 20% of State Housing

Community Housing Aotearoa together with the Auckland Community Housing Providers Network and Te Matapihi have released a proposal calling for the establishment of an independent negotiating partner to facilitate the transfer of up to 20% of state housing and the associated operations to Community Housing Organisations (CHOs). “This is about supporting local communities to make decisions about how best to grow their local organisations to meet local housing need, with the best possible outcomes for local families” said Scott Figenshow, Director of CHA.

“This paper has been developed through input from our partner organisations around the country, and represents one of the many steps in the housing reform programme.” “There is a clear role for an independent organization to help expedite the transfer of housing stock to both Iwi and CHOs noting that progress to date in this area has been glacial,” said Rau Hoskins, Chairperson of Te Matapihi.

The proposal sets out three key principles any such transfer would need to meet:

- A Tenant Charter: tenant interests are protected, ongoing affordability is assured, and quality of housing is improved. Tenant consultation is embedded in the process;

- Government Investment is protected by transfer to Registered non-profit organisations that will preserve, reinvest and recycle the investment- as stipulated by their charters;

- Strategic stock configuration decisions are handled independently of HNZC to ensure they are fit for purpose, meeting local market, social, and affordability needs.

“Some may be concerned that this reflects a step toward privatisation by stealth. We believe community ownership by a properly structured non-profit, not for dividend community housing organisation is a better vehicle for holding and recycling public investment than the state.

Today’s models can deliver better results, with a blend of proper resources” said Auckland Community Housing Providers Network Chair Peter Jeffries. “Experience here and overseas has shown that such transfers have positive community outcomes. An evaluation of any stock transfers that might proceed would be prudent to confirm whether the benefits have been realized, before a wider programme were undertaken.” The full paper is available at www.communityhousing.org.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news