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

 

Solutions for housing proposed for New Zealand

Embargoed until 6am, 26 October, 2016

Solutions for housing proposed for New Zealand

Community housing groups, developers, economists and others are meeting today in Auckland to find ways forward in the housing crisis facing Auckland and other areas.

Scott Figenshow, CEO of Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) says no one group can provide the answers.

“This is too big for one sector or government alone to fix. We all need to work together to meet housing need.

“We’re meeting to debate the actions and policies that would see us achieve the goal of homes for 50,000 more New Zealanders by 2020. We need to understand the range of policies needed and what it takes for the community housing sector to deliver at greater pace and scale.

“One of the answers we see is the Crown land programme happening faster, and occurring all over New Zealand. Incentives could be provided for private developers to follow the Government lead by delivering a mandatory percentage of affordable and social housing in all new developments,” he says.

“Ensuring the Crown Land programme assists community housing providers to increase their delivery is essential.”

Panel members at the event are independent economist Shamubeel Eaqub, Stephen Selwood from the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development and Auckland housing strategist Leonie Freeman, who will offer their insights and suggestions for action.

“More affordable homes need to be provided and the easiest way to do that quickly is to expand on what is already working, as well as adding further strings to the bow,” says Scott Figenshow.

Other solutions are to explore how a balanced mix of Income Related Rent Subsidy, capital and an improved Accommodation Supplement would work in Auckland and the regions.

“The Government has made some real progress in recent months to address housing need, through piloting Housing First and making supportive services funding available. To address all needs across the housing affordability continuum New Zealanders are calling for a co-ordinated approach from political parties, local government, developers, community housing providers and all stake-holders.”

Scott Figenshow expects some other actions to be raised that would make a difference for New Zealand’s housing. These are a review and update the Social Allocation System, introduction of Universal Design requirements into the Building Act, strengthening tenant protection in the Residential Tenancies Act and increasing home ownership incentives and programmes.

“If we don’t commit now to the long-term fix of additional affordable housing supply, we won’t be able to deliver adequate social housing. We can do better,” he says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools.

“Almost all education support workers are women, and they do vital work helping young children with severe learning and behavioural challenges to learn. I am delighted to say they will finally be paid fairly for the crucial work they do,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>

ALSO:

Gender Changes: Suggested Change To Birth, Deaths And Marriages Act Welcomed

The current process to change the sex ‘marker’ on a birth certificate is lengthy, expensive and requires medical evidence as well as the involvement of the Family Court... More>>

ALSO:

Major Health Review: Terms Of Reference Finalised

Health Minister Dr David Clark has confirmed the final details of the wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s health and disability system as it begins its work in earnest. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The EU’s Battle With Washington Over Iran (In Wellington)

Luckily, at least the European Union is standing up to the Washington bully – and the EU chose a press conference in Wellington this week to make its defence of the international rules-based system perfectly clear. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: New 6-Bed Unit For Wellington Region

The Mental Health Foundation is supportive of the news of a new, national mental health unit, but is more encouraged by the Minister’s comments that suggest more mental health initiatives will follow the Mental Health Inquiry. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages