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

 

Housing Charity backs call for Progressive Home Ownership


Housing Charity backs call for Progressive Home Ownership option in KiwiBuild

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand agrees with the Salvation Army’s call for expanding access to home ownership through a form of Progressive Home Ownership as part of the government’s KiwiBuild scheme. The housing charity, which has assisted hundreds of families in New Zealand into home ownership since 1993, believes this would allow families who find KiwiBuild homes unaffordable to realise their dream of home ownership.

“We know that progressive home ownership is the only way to make home ownership affordable for many families”, explains Alan Thorp, Habitat for Humanity NZ Acting CEO, adding “We know this model works, because Habitat have been doing this for the past 25 years. It needs to become part of KiwiBuild”.

“We’ve spoken to Minister Twyford about progressive home ownership, and we know he is willing to act” said Mr Thorp. “We have the expertise and are ready to offer Habitat’s services to assist many hundreds of families into home ownership as part of KiwiBuild.”

Habitat for Humanity has helped hundreds of families in New Zealand into home ownership using a form of progressive home ownership. “In the last 25 years, Habitat have built over 500 homes across New Zealand using this model” Mr Thorp said.

Habitat for Humanity has been advocating that the government should adopt its model as part of KiwiBuild for some time. The NZ Green Party in Opposition announced its housing policy at Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 conference, including a policy of Progressive Home Ownership. This policy is now part of the confidence and supply agreement between the Labour and Green parties, and a government commitment.

“We think Habitat’s model is pretty special, and we want more families to have the opportunity to access it” said Mr Thorp. “The government has the ability to do progressive home ownership on a large scale.”

“Often the families we serve are living with young children in overcrowded, damp and cold rentals. Now they own a simple, decent house – their own home” said Mr Thorp

“Habitat’s model is to select families in need based on their future potential, and to partner with them over a number of years. They make affordable repayments and volunteer their own ‘sweat equity’. The rent they pay eventually helps build up a deposit to buy their home at the value on the day they moved in” Mr Thorp explained. “Habitat’s model of progressive home ownership is transformative for families who could not otherwise own a home.”

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works in partnership with people of goodwill and low income families in New Zealand and overseas to help provide access to affordable shelter. It is part of the global Habitat for Humanity organisation which has worked with over 1 million families worldwide. Habitat for Humanity provides strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>

 

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>

ALSO:

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels