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Sad Day For Tenants And Landlords

Press Release – NZPIF

Parliament has passed under urgency the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill. This bill has some major changes for both tenants and landlords alike, and none of them are good news. A primary concern is the removal of the 90-day no-cause termination … Read more »

Rental Reforms Provide Greater Support For Victims Of Family Violence

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Reform of New Zealands out of date tenancy laws is progressing with further improvements included to protect victims of family violence being added to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2020. At the Select Committee we heard people are concerned about … Read more »

Sober Findings In Major Survey Of Queenstown Lakes Renters

Press Release – Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust

Residential renters in Queenstown and Wanaka are still experiencing significant housing stress in the the rental market despite rent prices falling in June, a local survey reveals. Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT) surveyed more than … Read more »

Parliament: Oral Questions — Questions To Ministers

Press Release – Hansard

  ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1Prime Minister 1. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and commitments? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime … Read more »

Functional Urban Areas The Focus Of New National Policy Statement

Press Release – The Property Group

Property consultancy company The Property Group is working with local authorities to assist with the requirements of the recently released National Policy Statement Urban Development (NPS-UD). The Property Group Limited (TPG) has been involved … Read more »

Auditor-General Publishes Four Reports – PGF, NZTA, Inland Revenue, Public Housing

Press Release – Office of the Auditor-General

Today the Auditor-General published four reports, which are all available on our website: Managing the Provincial Growth Fund New Zealand Transport Agency: Maintaining state highways through Network Outcomes Contracts Inland Revenue Department: … Read more »

Getting Infrastructure For Housing Underway

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Eight shovel-ready projects within Kinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure … Read more »

Passive House Would Be A Wise Investment For $500 Million Spend On Housing Retrofits

Press Release – Passive House Institute New Zealand

PHINZ, Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki Aotearoa, the Passive House Institute New Zealand welcomes the government announcement on Thursday (30/07/20) of a planned $500 million investment into the Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Retrofit Programme.

The good news is this housing for our most vulnerable people will be made warmer, drier, better ventilated and more airtight. Other positives are the job opportunities this will create within the local communities, and retrofitting of existing homes means that the embodied carbon remains in the buildings.

At this stage Kāinga Ora aims to bring these buildings up to existing new build and Homestar 6-star rating level. However, the government’s recently announced Building for Climate Change Programme and associated consultation makes it clear that the existing building code is inadequate both in terms of ensuring healthy buildings for those who inhabit them, and for meeting New Zealand’s 2050 carbon targets.

PHINZ CEO Amy Tankard points out that, “Aiming to the current minimum standard, whilst making the housing much better than it was, means that the newly retrofitted housing will soon fall below minimum standard again. Slightly better but still-not-great buildings will be unlikely to be revisited in the near future, thus Kāinga Ora risks locking in mediocrely performing, high emission buildings for another 50 years.”

Passive House is a building standard with tools and methods to accurately model how a building will perform prior to any building or retrofitting is started. The performance in terms of thermal comfort, air quality, moisture and heating energy use is measurable, and of the highest level. The quality of life that building or retrofitting to Passive House standard can deliver is hugely beneficial to the people living in those homes.

Passive House certified homes are likely to be the only ones that currently meet or exceed future efficiency requirements for the government’s Building for Climate Change Programme and New Zealand’s 2050 net-zero carbon target.

Passive House designers and consultants, a list of which can be found on the PHINZ website, are trained in energy modelling new and existing buildings and establishing the most cost-effective upgrade measures for the best outcomes. These retrofits could be planned to deliver really great, healthy buildings to the Passive House standard. When this is not possible, practical or affordable to achieve in a single intervention, a series of retrofit steps can be planned with a defined target and timeline to reach the desired outcomes.

On Radio NZ on 9 July, Alex Baker, Sustainability Programme Manager of Kāinga Ora said they were looking at Passive Housing, and “We’ve also got 50,000 houses around the country that will need major reinvestment over the next 10 to 20 years. And that in itself is an opportunity to significantly shift the performance of those buildings.”

Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki Aotearoa, the Passive House Institute New Zealand, extends our support and encouragement to Kāinga Ora in delivering quality, healthy homes for people, their whanau and communities.

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‘Where’s The Kindness, Jacinda?’

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Young people facing more debt and higher rents will be asking the Prime Minister: Wheres the kindness?, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Generation Debt will spend decades paying back the $140 billion Labour has borrowed. That figure represents … Read more »

Urgency Used To Hide Unworkable Tenancy Law Changes

Press Release – Tenancies War

Jacinda Arderns kind government rather unkindly wants to push through under urgency this week amendments to residential rental tenancy law that are both unworkable and vicious, Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler said today. If the Residential Tenancies … Read more »

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