Affordable housing

Phil, all you have to do is find the cheap land – here are the houses


Apparently, there is a housing crisis everywhere.

In the UK they are looking for solutions to their own housing crisis.

Most first-time buyers can only dream of buying a home for less than £50,000 – but it is possible if you’re prepared to go ‘modular’.

This involves selecting pre-fabricated, low-cost modules of various sizes which are then put together by skilled craftsmen.

The customer can then choose the interior design, giving an end-product which could be an office, hotel, school or house – and that includes starter homes.

The Modulhus, one such starter home, has now been crowned winner of an annual shoestring design competition.   Read more »

Water, rubbish and roads? Nope. Wellington mayor will drop house prices

Wellington ratepayers will be so pleased that their new mayor, Justin Lester, wants to drop the value of their houses.

A taskforce to tackle the affordability of housing in Wellington is being set up by new mayor Justin Lester.

It will examine issues including homelessness, social housing, schemes for first-home buyers, the rental market and housing density.

The council is hoping to report its recommendations by April so it can become part of its three-year plan.

Mr Lester said he wanted to make sure housing was affordable for all Wellingtonians.   Read more »

When will we finally be honest enough to declare a Shit Parenting Crisis?

The NZEI is agitating for the government take action on supposed homelessness.

The NZEI is today backing calls for a national strategy to end homelessness amid mounting evidence that thousands of children who lack a warm safe home are also being denied their right to an education.

It is compulsory to attend school…what is the NZEI going to do about truancy?

The Labour, Green and Māori Parties today released their report into solutions to homelessness, following a cross-party inquiry which heard from hundreds of submitters.

“The homelessness crisis affecting thousands of New Zealand children is also an educational crisis,” says Jan Tinetti, Principal of Merivale School in Tauranga and NZEI Executive member.   Read more »

Madness: Wellington mayoral candidate wants you to host P addicts, drunks and violent homeless

It really is the silly season at the moment. All sorts of ratbags and deadbeats are vying for votes and also coming up with insane and dopey ideas.

Unfortunately, it isn’t just the left-wing with dopey ideas.

One of Wellington’s mayoral candidates wants to help people make their spare rooms available to those in the city without homes of their own.

Jo Coughlan said she would consider putting up a person who was homeless in her own spare room if it would help.

Her suggestion came as the Wellington City Council received an update on its strategies to approach homelessness and begging.

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if interested citizens could perhaps sign up to host a homeless person, particularly a person in transition,” Ms Coughlan said.   Read more »

Is this Labour Party policy worth stealing?

The Labour Party want to require all rental homes to be warm, dry and safe to live in. Is this a good idea? 58% of readers surveyed said yes it is and 18% of them thought it was so good that John Key should steal it just like he has nicked Labour Party ideas before. After all, how hard is it to get back into power if the incumbent keeps nicking any half way decent ideas that your rag tag bunch manages to come up with?

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Who should be responsible for ensuring that homes are affordable?

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The overwhelming majority of Whaleoil readers agree that no one is responsible for ensuring that homes are affordable. Market forces,  supply and demand, determine house prices.

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Is this Labour Party idea worth stealing?


The Labour Party wants to build 100,000 affordable homes across the country.

KiwiBuild: 100,000 affordable houses over 10 years, of which half will be in Auckland where they will cost up to $600,000 for a standalone home. The Affordable Housing Authority will deliver it. It will require a $2 billion start-up which will be recouped from house sales and returned to the Crown once the houses are built.
Did Whaleoil readers think that this was a policy idea worth stealing? Read on and find out what The Great Whaleoil Housing Survey revealed.
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State Housing

State housing

How much should the government interfere in housing? Is it solely the job of councils to control land supply? Who, if anyone, should be responsible for building affordable housing? Are any of Labour’s housing policy ideas worth stealing? Should the government be selling-off State housing stock and should they be building new State houses? Should the government be a landlord or should we leave it to private landlords to house tenants?

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Will Twyford complain about Auckland housing when Phil is in charge?

Simon Collins runs a hit piece on housing for Phil Twyford, but Twyford has no answers.

The evidence continues to build showing the intransigence of Auckland Council.

New homes and sections created under the Auckland Housing Accord have dropped below target as the building industry struggles to find extra labour, materials and equipment.

The latest quarterly report shows that 30,389 new homes have been consented or sections created since the accord between Auckland Council and the Government took effect in October 2013.

That’s 78 per cent of the target of 39,000 new homes and sections due by the end of the three-year accord on September 30.

Only 6605 new homes and sections were consented in the six months to March, just 39 per cent of the target of 17,000 for the full final year of the accord to September.

There is always a seasonal lull during the summer holidays, especially for new sections.

But 5674 new dwelling and sections were consented in the same six months last summer, or 44 per cent of the 13,000 target for the year to last September.

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Second and third generation homeless? Stop taking the p***

The poverty pimpers are now starting to take the piss with their ever-increasing tales of woe.

Emergency housing provider DePaul House says it has saved a baby from being born “third-generation homeless” after its mother came to it for help.

The service, on Auckland’s North Shore, said the number of people asking for accommodation had nearly doubled from last year.

Manager Jan Rutledge said one young woman, who was seven months pregnant, had been squatting in a derelict house with no electricity.

The baby would have been born in the house if its mother had not been referred to DePaul House by another emergency housing provider, she said.

“It would have been, if they hadn’t presented to us and had some great wraparound support offered, not just from us but from another provider who referred them through to us.

“We have every expectation that we will be able to house this young family but it is concerning that she’s come through to seven months pregnant without any kind of antenatal care.”

DePaul House received a lot of referrals from hospital social workers trying to find homes for pregnant mothers or young vulnerable parents, Ms Rutledge said.   Read more »