Posts Tagged ‘Social Housing’

Rotorua principals worried about housing developments

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Principals are worried social housing developments being built in zones for lower socio-economic schools could create problems for staff. Six school leaders want “transparency” on Rotorua’s housing intensification across the board, saying that knowing early about developments would help them better support high needs children. They wrote to Rotorua Lakes Council saying, in their view, Read more

The number of people on the waiting list for social housing has fallen for two consecutive quarters

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

The number of applicants waiting for social housing dropped in the September quarter for the second consecutive quarter. According to Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register, the number of applicants approved and waiting for social housing peaked at 26,868 at the end of March this year, declined slightly to 26,664 at the end of June Read more

$7m Pasifika prefab housing project to get underway on church land

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

A unique prefabricated housing project to support the Pasifika community will see 12 new social houses built on church-owned land in Flaxmere. The homes will be prefabricated in the Hutt Valley then assembled on site at 80 Caernarvon Drive in Flaxmere, Hastings. The half-acre site is owned by the Methodist Church of NZ Hastings Samoan Read more

Megan Woods not ruling out cuts to funding for housing for disabled people

Monday, July 18th, 2022

In a bid to save money, the Greens want the Government to rule out cutting back on a programme that makes state houses accessible for people with disabilities. A leaked paper from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development warned that state housing agency Kāinga Ora’s borrowing was becoming unsustainable. The paper suggested suspending programmes 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

Church asked to identify property that could be used for housing

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
church property for housing

The Irish Government has asked the Catholic Church to identify property it owns that could be used to tackle the housing crisis. Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien made the request to the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, in a recent letter. It comes as work continues to finalise the Government’s Housing Read more

Perfect storm swamping the housing crisis

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The housing crisis is going through a “perfect storm” and is likely to worsen over the next year, a post-election briefing to the Housing Minister says. The Hon Megan Woods has been told historically low-interest rates, a stalled private rental market and not enough new houses are drivers of the housing crisis. An increasing population Read more

Christchurch church buys back social units it sold decades ago

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Concerns over a lack of social housing has inspired a Christchurch church to buy back homes it sold to the city council decades ago. When Christchurch City Council agreed to transfer $50 million worth of social housing to the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust, it had to under the Public Works Act give the original owners Read more

Number joining NZ’s public housing waitlist triples in a month

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The number of people struggling to keep a roof over their head appears to be spiralling, and could be driving further overcrowding. In May, the number of applicants on the public housing waitlist hit 17,982 – an increase of 1271 on the previous month. That was triple the average monthly increase of 448 in the Read more

Large piece of church land wanted for social housing

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

It’s the church v the state over a piece of land in Flaxmere. A Pentecostal pastor is claiming his church’s plans for a new religious community facility have been “ambushed” by the Government, which now wants the land for social housing. Read more