Posts Tagged ‘Housing’

As safe as houses? Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020

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 Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020
ghost houses

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 Comments 0

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:Modern twist to traditional site blessing for Read more

Monte Cecilia Housing Trust builds 30 new homes in Mangere Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Thirty homeless families in South Auckland will get new, modern houses this week, and working parents are among the first tenants. The Monte Cecilia Housing Trust has built the 30 two-bedroom units and its new offices on the site of an old rest home in Windrush Close, Mangere, at a cost of $12.5 million. Thirty Read more

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