Posts Tagged ‘Housing Crisis’

Churches stepping up to help solve the housing crisis

Monday, July 19th, 2021
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Churches are stepping up to help solve the housing crisis. Worth billions in assets, some churches are spending millions building social and affordable accommodation on surplus land. There is pressure on others to ensure their investments reap social as well as financial rewards. Paul Gilberd, a senior member of the Anglican Church, estimates the Anglican, Read more

Motels are quitting emergency housing scheme despite ongoing crisis

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

As the emergency housing crisis deepens, moteliers are running for the hills. As at March 31, there were 4368 children living in motels across the country – up by 480 in three months. At the end of December there were 3888 children in motels. There were 465 children in motels for less than four weeks Read more

Council presents easy and more affordable housing solution for Horowhenua

Monday, July 5th, 2021

A way of building infill housing that simplifies and cheapens the process is being considered as an aid to the housing crisis in Horowhenua. Its goal was to urgently help people in need of housing, and to increase the number of smaller houses in the district. The Horowhenua District Council ran a workshop on streamlined Read more

Emergency accommodation support services lack a ‘moral failure’ by government

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

A social housing provider is demanding the government provide full wrap-around support to everyone living in emergency accommodation. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today indicated on Morning Report a commitment to ramping up support for those living in motels. Demand for emergency accommodation has exploded in recent years with the government now spending nearly a million Read more

NZ’s admired COVID response helps fuel housing crisis

Monday, April 19th, 2021

Welfare agencies are concerned about the worsening housing crisis, soaring homelessness and inequality. New Zealand’s pandemic-inspired policies have translated into cheaper mortgages, allowing affluent “kiwis” to upsize their homes and build up portfolios of rental investment properties, fuelling a further surge in house prices. “Inequality was always growing, but COVID-19 is the proverbial straw that Read more

Iconic Wellington monastery to help solve housing crisis

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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Although Wellington icon St Gerard’s church and monastery has been declared earthquake-prone and will close next month, it is unlikely to be pulled down. While St Gerard’s future is ultimately up to the owners, the church – built in 1908 for the Redemptorists – could be deconsecrated so it could be used for events like Read more

Housing crisis: More than 4,000 NZ children living in motels

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

The housing crisis is seeing more than 4000 children growing up in motels across New Zealand, devastating parents who are desperate to find a permanent place for their kids to live. Skyrocketing house prices are prompting many landlords to sell, forcing up rents which are becoming unaffordable for many families. Figures released to Checkpoint show Read more

Covid economic success story not quite as shiny as it seems

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

The Government’s Covid economic success story might not be a sparkly for some as it seems for others. Data released by the Government shows Māori and Pasifika have been the big losers since the Covid pandemic struck. Both the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson are hinting Māori and Pasifika may be Read more

Why is it near impossible to produce affordable housing?

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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It is one of the biggest problems our country faces — we cannot produce the affordable housing that’s so desperately needed. But we can produce an overabundance of expensive homes. So why the massive disconnect between demand and supply? Without political ownership and a major overhaul of the current regulatory processes, affordable housing will never Read more

Auckland landlord waits two months for tenant whose son has rare health condition

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

This week’s Good Sort is Auckland landlord Jackie Trevdeich. She put aside her rental property for a prospective tenant who was desperate for a home, giving her first option on the place. Having lived in emergency housing for two years, Shelly Clarke needed a rental property in Auckland to be close to the medical community Read more