Posts Tagged ‘Housing’

Auckland City Mission has new home

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022
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Ten years after the Auckland City Mission – Te Tāpui Atawhai – began working on finding a new home, it has finally opened its doors. Called HomeGround, Auckland City Missioner Helen Robinson (pictured at the new facility) says its new one-stop health and social services space for the city’s most vulnerable people realises a long-held Read more

What’s up with Labour and National’s ‘slum enabling act’?

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
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How excited they were when it was announced. On October 19, Housing Minister Megan Woods and National leader Judith Collins jointly declared their support for the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. This bill, they said, would allow “at least 48,200 and as many as 105,500 new homes” to be built Read more

Hundreds of homeless families to get permanent housing

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Hundreds of homeless families in Victoria, Australia, who have been staying in state-funded hotels during lockdowns will be found a permanent place to live. Housing Minister Richard Wynne says the state government’s $66-million investment will go towards supporting 250 families, including 400 children. They will be able to stay in hotels after next February’s cut-off Read more

Delta, meet housing crisis and poverty

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Highly infectious diseases thrive in substandard living conditions. It was true in the 19th century, and as Covid-19 stubbornly continues to spread through the community in our biggest city, it is true here and now. An adequate standard of living has never been available for everyone in Aotearoa. A Māori Women’s Welfare League survey in Read more

NZ house prices driving dangerous levels of inequality

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
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The average house price in Aotearoa is more than $900,000. We have a shortfall of more than 100,000 dwellings, all urban housing markets are considered severely unaffordable by international standards. 500,000 Kiwis are in overcrowded housing situations 350,000 households are on accommodation supplements Māori home ownership sits at just over 30% less than 50% of Read more

Housing in New Zealand ‘a human rights crisis’, UN report says

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Housing in New Zealand is viewed as a “speculative asset” rather than a home and has become a human rights crisis, according to a United Nations report. The report by UN special rapporteur Leilani Farha on adequate housing was tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, following her visit to New Read more

Auckland is the world’s ‘most liveable city’? Many Māori might disagree

Monday, June 14th, 2021
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While I am always happy to celebrate any accolades my country and city might garner on the international stage, seeing Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau awarded the top ranking in a recent “most liveable cities” survey left me somewhat flummoxed. In particular, I would argue that many Māori whānau in Auckland do not enjoy the benefits of this Read more

Unmet need: in 40 years I’ve never seen it quite like this

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
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You may have heard an increasing number of child poverty experts and frontline support services calling on the Government to increase the amount of income support paid to effectively address poverty in New Zealand. What you may not have heard about is the recent UMR poll in February showing seven in 10 New Zealanders support Read more

Government and church leaders discuss mutual priorities

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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Housing, access to COVID vaccination, income and well being, are some of the major concerns church leaders raised recently at a church and government meeting. As reported recently by CathNews, church leaders met, March 11, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Housing Minister Megan Woods to discuss issues of mutual Read more

Four-bedroom family home built in just 10 weeks

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

A brand-new family home built in 10 weeks? It’s possible. Off-site building manufacturer Concision and house building company Versatile Pukekohe have announced they recently built a four bedroom, two bathroom house, in just 10 weeks from start to finish. The house was built from 43 prefabricated panels manufactured in Concision’s Rolleston factory over two days. Read more