Community Housing in Growth Mode

CHA-IMACT conference The 2017 Community Housing Aotearoa IMPACT conference was the biggest yet for the sector that is leading much of the change happening in social housing.There were around 300 people at Te Papa in Wellington and the atmosphere was vibrant and full of ideas for building homes and communities. This reflects the reality of…

Church Leaders ‘Robust Engagement’ with PM

There was “robust engagement with political leaders” on the issues of housing, refugees and social investment, says Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson, when church leaders met with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett in May. The church leaders at the meeting together with Archbishop Richardson, were Baptist Leader Daniel Palmer, Roman Catholic Cardinal…

Housing Policy Debate on 7th June

The first debate of the election year will ask political parties what they are doing to ensure all New Zealanders live in warm, dry, affordable homes. Hosted by Community Housing Aotearoa, Te Matapihi, Salvation Army, NZ Council of Christian Social Services, Platform and Prefab NZ the debate will focus on what is required to end…

State Housing Transfers Law – Too Much Power?

There is concern about the very wide powers being granted to Government Ministers to sell off Housing NZ homes under legislation before Parliament. The Social Housing (Transaction Mandate) Bill is being promoted by the Government as a procedural Bill to help achieve the goal of transferring Housing NZ houses to non-government organisations as part of…

Rental Law Changes are half-hearted

Residential tenancy laws are being revised but will not include a full warrant of fitness (WoF) for housing, which Deputy Prime Minister Bill English rejected as “extreme”. The initial outlines for proposed changes released in July show only very limited improvements in tenant rights. Legislation is being drafted and was expected to be in Parliament during…

Is Housing A Human Right?

(based on address to a forum at St Matthews-in-the-City on 31st August 2015) There is so much going on, so much to say about housing in this country, it is hard to know where to start. But I want to start at the place where the divine meets the ordinary. We are in a church,…