Posts Tagged ‘Housing Crisis’

Caritas reminds Government to address responsibilities

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
Government to address responsibilities

Against a backdrop of high inflation, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is reminding the Government to address its responsibilities to tackle ongoing crises in housing, climate change and underlying inequality that worsen outcomes for the poor. It made the comments in its submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee about the Budget Policy Statement 2022. Inequality Read more

Evicted pregnant mother of four finally finds a home

Monday, February 14th, 2022

A pregnant mother, who is expecting her fifth child and has been evicted from her home of six years, is finally breathing easily. Palmerston North mother Lisa Wesselson made a desperate plea for housing when the place she called home was suddenly not hers anymore. Toxic mould had become evident in the house her family Read more

Salvation Army report reveals housing crisis impacts on small town New Zealand

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Small town New Zealand is suffering. The scarcity of mental health facilities, huge increases in house prices and a lack of infrastructure spending are taking the shine off living in small town New Zealand, the Salvation Army is reporting. The Army’s fourth State of Our Communities Report focuses on Invercargill, Carterton and Tokoroa; three very Read more

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