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,…

Housing WoF will save lives

Emma-Lita Bourne is not the first victim of the poor quality of rental housing in this country. Housing researchers have been reporting the health impacts of poor housing for many years. Around 40,000 children end up in hospital each year as a result if poor quality housing.  An evaluation of the Warm Up New Zealand…

Thinking of living in a retirement village?

Well, the Commission for Financial Capability is running free seminars about living in retirement villages with support from the Retirement Villages Association and experienced legal practitioners. These seminars are for intending retirement village residents and their families, but all with any interest in the topic are welcome to register. The seminars focus on things to…