Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Affordable, Healthy Homes Increasingly Out Of Reach

29 November 2012

Affordable, healthy homes increasingly out of reach for Kiwi families

New statistics show that home ownership has fallen to a new low and families are increasingly being locked into unaffordable renting, Green Party housing spokesperson Holly Walker said today.

The Household Economic Survey, released by Statistics New Zealand today, shows that the homeownership rate, including homes owned by family trusts, has fallen from 70% five years ago to 65% in 2012. A record 562,000 families now pay rent, up 106,000 in five years.

The figures show families locked into renting are finding housing costs increasingly unaffordable with 215,000 renting families now paying over 30% of their incomes on housing up from 181,000 in 2008 when this figure was first reported. 30% of income is the generally recognised affordability limit for housing.

“Young families are being locked out of home ownership by rising house prices, and high rents,” said Ms Walker.

“The homeownership rate has plunged to just 65% and a record 562,000 families are renting. More than 200,000 families are now paying over 30% of their income on rent.

“Young families are locked in a catch-22 situation. They can’t afford to compete with wealthy property investors to buy their own homes, and they can’t save up a decent deposit because those property investors demand high rents to make a profit. Instead, they are stuck paying a large slice of their incomes for homes that are often poorly insulated and unhealthy.

“Neither National’s plan for 600 expensive houses in Hobsonville nor Labour’s plan to get more affordable housing to market address the problem that most renting families are unable to get together a deposit in the first place. Nor will they address the fact that many rentals are poorly insulated.

“A Green Party Member’s Bill, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (Warm Healthy Rentals Warrant of Fitness) Amendment Bill, currently in the ballot would address part of the problem by setting insulation standards for rental properties, ensuring that the over half a million families who are renting have warm, healthy homes to live in.

“The Heat Smart scheme has proven government can successfully work alongside business and community groups to fix a housing problem while easing the cost for families in need. We need a similar solution on affordable housing,” said Ms Walker.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news