Posts Tagged ‘Housing’

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

As safe as houses?

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Stein’s law says that if something cannot go on forever, it wont. But does a speculative bubble matter? The cryptocurrency bubble can be left to itself (tax evasion and criminal transactions aside). Why shouldn’t we do the same for housing? There are two general reasons why we should be concerned with a house price bubble. Read more

Māori could afford a home but can’t compete with investors

Monday, November 16th, 2020
Māori home ownership

With the rent Māori are paying Māori could actually afford ‘the dream’, to buy a home, but a 20% increase in house prices means fewer are able to. The comment comes from Te Matapihi, independent Māori housing advocacy group chair, Rau Hoskins. Hoskins is asking the Government to be more nuanced with their policy framework, Read more

Lockdown 2 increases demand for shelter

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Catholic emergency housing providers in Auckland are struggling to cope with increased demand for shelter as the COVID lockdown continues to wreak havoc on employment. Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive officer Bernie Smith puts the increased demand down to reduced working hours and increasing unemployment. Smith told NZ Catholic the Catholic housing trust received Read more

Ghost homes could help housing crisis

Monday, March 16th, 2020
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Tall white rose bushes line both sides of the path leading to the front door of the immaculate-looking villa. There are curtains at the windows and no signs of neglect or decay. Yet this expensive, inner-city home is one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s “ghost houses” – properties left empty long-term at a time when the country Read more

Former school site to make way for housing subdivision

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Moves are afoot to free up land at the former St Mary’s School site in Gisborne for at least 30 new houses. The board of Gisborne Holdings Ltd, which operates as Gisborne District Council’s commercial arm, have signed off a subdivision for the disused site. Read more Related Posts:Council presents easy and more affordable housing…Christchurch Read more