Why a renter died from turning on a light, and what we could do

A repost from Public Address, where there’s some interesting discussion in the comments. After four days living in her new rental home in Ruakaka, Lesley Wehi-Jack returned home from work. She smelt gas,… Continue reading

How to prevent a landlord from renting out a shoddy house

Much of New Zealand’s rental housing is in poor condition (44%, according to BRANZ). The intuitive associations between poor housing and poor health are backed up by research, some of which I’ve discussed previously. This… Continue reading

The problem of “horror tenants” is dwarfed by that of horror houses

Reposted from Public Address Yesterday’s Herald piece, “Horror tenants frustrate landlord“, was its most popular throughout the day. The article is about “horror tenants”, or, as this landlord describes them, “pigs”. The “renters… Continue reading

Framing displacement in Glen Innes

This is a repost from Public Address. Last night, TVNZ reported on two things: one state tenant’s vow to resist eviction from her Glen Innes home, and overcrowding in Auckland state houses. While… Continue reading

State tenants and the right to the city

This is reposted from Public Address.  Last week, the Social Services Committee criticised how Housing New Zealand has gone about the redevelopment of three areas of state housing. It’s about time. By the accounts of… Continue reading

End of a (state housing) era

Housing Minister Nick Smith has just announced a new “entity” within Treasury to transfer some of our 69,000 state houses to private organisations (coincidentally, on the same day as retrospective legislation on how… Continue reading

Some thoughts on housing in New Zealand’s 2014 Budget

Housing didn’t get too much attention in this year’s Budget. The government had already signaled the increase of funds to community housing organisations. The actual amount given to them, compared to what they… Continue reading

Housing the most vulnerable does not need to happen at the expense of secure tenure

A Herald editorial has provided some food for thought on the social housing reform that came into operation earlier this month. The transfer of some functions from Housing NZ to the Ministry of… Continue reading

Housing policy will destabalise life for children

Note: This piece is by Elinor Chisholm and Philippa Howden-Chapman and was published today  in the Dominion Post.  High transience rates for children at our poorest schools are, as the Dominion Post reported, a… Continue reading

Despite what you read, state tenants do not cheat the system

There has been welcome attention in recent days on the stigma attached to being a beneficiary in New Zealand. As Catriona McLennan explained in the Herald on Saturday, beneficiaries are discriminated against, and their fraud… Continue reading