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Community housing providers calling for bold, innovative action to fix the country’s housing crisis – participate in the webinar

Scott FigenshowScott Figenshow

Chief Executive | Community Housing Aotearoa

New Zealand’s community housing providers are asking politicians with their sights set on the Beehive to commit to bold, innovative action to fix the country’s housing crisis.  Community housing providers have written a ‘letter of expectations’ detailing a set of specific actions required in order for all New Zealanders to have somewhere that is safe, warm affordable and permanent to live. 

“We want to be really clear with whoever is in a position to form a government after the election about what we feel needs to change and how community housing providers are ready to play their part and build many more affordable homes for New Zealanders to live in.” says Scott Figenshow, Chief Executive of Community Housing Aotearoa.

With the election fast approaching Community Housing Aotearoa is hosting an online webinar with invited politicians and political party spokespeople to discuss their housing policies, what they intend to do for affordable housing if they get elected, and how they will work with the community housing sector to provide more of the affordable homes New Zealanders need. There will also be an opportunity to ask some questions.

The webinar will be hosted on zoom from 4 pm to 5.30 pm on Thursday 20 August with free registration here.  TV journalist and presenter Rawdon Christie will facilitate the session.  Confirmed participants include:

  • Marama Davidson, Green Party
  • Jacqui Dean, National Party
  • Geoff Simmons, The Opportunities Party
  • John Tamihere, Maori Party
  • Karen Chhour, ACT Party

“Too many people are missing out and we’re still seeing reports in the media of children and their whānau living in temporary accommodation, cars and garages. That’s not the vision anyone has for New Zealand.”

The community housing sector’s letter of expectations asks politicians to increase the supply of affordable homes, provide security of tenure for renters, and create the right conditions for community housing providers to deliver many more homes.

“Achieving these will demonstrate a commitment towards housing as a basic human right,” says Mr Figenshow. “Successive Governments have tried various policies, and some have had an impact, but so much more needs to be done.

“The message at the heart of our letter of expectations is that we’re in this housing situation together, and we need to work together to fix it. Community housing providers already provide thousands of affordable homes for people in need and we’re ready to provide more and work with the country’s political leaders to take decisive action.”

Mr Figenshow talks briefly about the letter of expectations in this video and more information is also available in FAQs on the CHA website.


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