Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Eliminating substandard housing

Eliminating substandard housing will eliminate much unnecessary heartache

Dilapidated substandard housing poses a threat to numerous families in the Far North.

We have heard from reports that the house involved was substandard, with no power. I understand water was fetched from a nearby river. If this is accurate, it would be typical of how hundreds of families life in the Far North.

Habitat for Humanity exists to eliminate poverty housing from the world. We do this by using donations of materials, cash and volunteer labour. Families are selected by need and a willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Each family invests 500 hours of their own time to help build the house, the house is then sold to them at no-profit ...

"We are concerned at the plight of this family and would seriously consider ways in which Habitat may be able to work with the local community to help this family," Dave Reyburn, Chairman, Whangarei Habitat for Humanity. Ph. 025 6222540 (will have on if not at home) or 09 4382769

Interviews can also be held with NZ and Asia Pacific Chairman, Ian Hay 025 942 821

For more information on Habitat for Humanity in NZ please visit our website www.habitatnz.co.nz or internationally www.habitat.org

If it was at all possible to put our website address on screen - that would be great - from there people can make donations to go toward housing programmes in the Far North.

In August we plan to build two homes in Kaitaia (one of which lost their mother to a house fire last year). The Prime Minister and Minster of Housing have committed to being involved and helping build these homes.

An example of a pilot project in NZ - that we hope to replicate in the Far North is that of Torere, East Cape:

20 houses are currently being built to eradicate substandard housing from this iwi. Joint venture between Habitat for Humanity / NgaiTai Iwi Authority - with an interest free loan from government.

Internationally 100,000 families have been housed in Habitat homes over the last 25years. That will be doubled within five years. The growth is exponential. In NZ over 100 homes have been build in nine years. 60 will be built this year. 100 next year. It is about people helping themselves - they partner with us, learn new skills (budgeting, home maintenance and home management) and they help build their home. They purchase the home at no-profit with an interest free loan. This is recycled to build more homes. It is sustainable and it works!!!

I am also happy to answer any questions: Diane Patrick 021 755 355

Thanks for your time.

"We have the know-how in the world to house everyone. We have the resources in the world to house everyone. All that's missing is the WILL do to it." Millard Fuller - Founder and President of Habitat for Humanity International. (In New Zealand in July).

"Because we all need a simple, decent place to live"

Diane Patrick, Resource Development Director, Habitat for Humanity, New Zealand 11 Marewa Rd, Greenlane, Auckland. Ph. 09 529 4111 Mob. 021 755 355

diane@habitatnz.co.nz www.habitatnz.co.nz www.habitat.org

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels