Posts Tagged ‘Housing Crisis’

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

Salvation Army highlighting Christmas housing crisis

Monday, November 25th, 2019

The Salvation launched its Christmas appeal, Monday, with a prediction that the need for transitional housing will increase by 35 per cent. The Salvation Army says comparing Christmas 2018 with Christmas 2019, it expects an extra 600 people to be in its housing this Christmas. 1187 people were in its centres on Christmas Eve in Read more

Capital Gains Tax could dent house prices and push up rents

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Rents could rise and house prices fall if the government goes ahead with a capital gains tax, says the Tax Working Group. The group, which Thursday released its recommendation for a CGT to be applied on assets such as land, shares, investment properties, business assets and intellectual property. Any gains on the sale of these Read more

Using church buildings to address housing crisis

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
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Helen McIlvaine gets excited when she sees a church. Driving around her hometown of Alexandria, Va., on a bright and sunny morning last week, McIlvaine slowed the car at white spire after white spire. She turned her head, cocked an eyebrow and scrutinized each red-brick square on its grassy plot. “I sort of go past Read more

HNZ to build houses where church-based protest took place

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Housing New Zealand (HNZ) has resource consent to build houses in Naenae on a site that was the scene of a church-based protest. Construction is expected to begin shortly, with the first homes finished by mid-2018. In April, members of St David’s Anglican Church in Naenae camped out for the weekend on land across the Read more

Bishops say housing the greatest issue facing New Zealanders

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

“Too many New Zealanders are facing real difficulties finding affordable, warm, secure housing,” says the Catholic archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew. He was speaking prior to a housing forum organised by the Anglican and Catholic churches of Wellington. Approximately 600 people attended the forum in the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul on Wednesday evening. Read more

Cardinal Dew – We must speak up about our housing crisis

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Statement on Housing Crisis issued by Cardinal John Dew and Archbishop Philip Richardson If you give New Zealanders the facts, most of us know what’s a fair deal. Most of us have a gut instinct that owning a home makes us more secure and stable. And if we were pressed, we’d say that home ownership Read more

Evangelical Schools Trust offers cheap apartments in Auckland

Friday, August 5th, 2016

In a unique bid to tackle Auckland’s housing woes, a private school charitable trust is offering first-home buyers the chance to buy  apartments in a proposed west Auckland complex for $550,000. The West Evangelical Schools Trust is offering 30 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments for sale. The fixed price is at least $150,000 below market Read more