Posts Tagged ‘Housing’

Church provides homes for migrant workers Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea has turned housing developer in an effort to provide homes for migrant workers. In exchange, the local community will get voluntary help such as cleaning hospitals. The Saint John XXIII housing project is in the town of Kokopo, capital of East New Britain province. Although Kokopo’s population is Read more

Record wait for families needing housing Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

The number of people waiting for public housing has almost doubled in the last 18 months. Some of the fastest growth took place last year and, at the end of March, 11,067 eligible households are waiting for a place to live. The near-record high statistics were released on Monday by the Ministry for Social Development Read more

Contributing to social change Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Churches in New Zealand have a long history of taking strong positions in the public square on social justice. In a well known example, William Rutherford Waddell found great inequalities and deprivation in the St. Andrew’s parish of Dunedin during an economic downturn in the 1880s. He was determined the church should make a difference Read more

KiwiBuild a ‘community trainwreck’ Comments 0

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A year after the coalition Government took office, its flagship housing plan KiwiBuild is barely off the ground. At this year’s Bruce Jesson Memorial lecture, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust’s Bernie Smith argued KiwiBuild’s flaws not only perpetuate housing unaffordability, but cause further intergenerational social problems. Bernie Smith tells an interesting story. After working in some of the Read more

1 in 100 New Zealanders homeless; it could be getting worse Comments 0

Monday, September 24th, 2018

An estimated one in 100 New Zealanders are homeless with 24 per cent of the total homeless population being children and there are warnings this number could be higher. According to 2013 census data, which was collated by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Dr Kate Amore in her Severe Housing Deprivation in New Zealand study, Read more

Capital gains tax will hit the vulnerable Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
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The Tax Working Group chaired by Sir Michael Cullen is due to produce its interim report this month. This will consider the issue of whether New Zealand should continue not to tax most capital gains (tax the fruit from the tree, but not any growth in the tree that bears the fruit). The Labour Party, Read more

UN ‘shocked’ by NZ’s record on housing, child poverty, incarceration Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

New Zealand’s child poverty, inadequate housing, incarceration and violence has “shocked” a United Nations committee reviewing the country’s human rights record. Members of a committee overseeing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) were last month incredulous at some of New Zealand’s worst statistics, chief human rights commissioner David Rutherford said. Continue Read more

Sallies in talks over pensioner housing Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Salvation Army representatives hope to meet with Whanganui District Council staff to discuss a proposed joint venture for pensioner housing. If it goes ahead, Whanganui will become the first regional city in New Zealand to implement such a scheme. Continue reading Related Posts:Sallies helping people pay for rental bondsHomeless – Salvation Army say PM got Read more

Mercy Sisters organise rally outside parliament “shelter for all” Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

About 500 people, mostly schoolchildren, gathered outside Parliament Tuesday to call on the government to do more to tackle homelessness. The hikoi was organised by the Catholic institute Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy, and used the rallying cry “shelter for all”. Sisters from the institute also met with Cabinet ministers Paula Bennett Read more

Parish group protests sale of land Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Some 50 protesters formed a human chain around a block of land in Trentham, Upper Hutt, which Housing New Zealand wants to sell. The St Joseph’s (Upper Hutt) Justice, Peace and Development group organised the peaceful protest on July 10. The group had led a petition asking the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, to stop the sale of the Read more