One of Housing New Zealand’s goals is that “No community will have more than 15 percent state housing presence” . I don’t know exactly what that means. There is no … Continue reading There goes the neighbourhood: a look at reducing state housing in communities
The poor quality of New Zealand’s rental housing is finally getting the attention it deserves. People seem to agree that our housing is having terrible effects on health, and that … Continue reading A tale of two WOFs
Recently, Adam McKibben in the UK newspaper The Independent made the following claim: When we look back through history, we see that all the major changes in British housing have taken … Continue reading Is it time for a New Zealand tenants’ union?
Note: This is a repost of an article I wrote with Philippa Howden-Chapman and Sarah Bierre in response to an article in the Dominion Post’s print edition about unclaimed bonds. It … Continue reading A use for unclaimed tenants’ bonds
An article in the Herald last week claimed that “the cost to taxpayers of housing subsidies alone has reached almost $2 billion a year.” Given that the surrounding lines are … Continue reading Putting state housing subsidies in context
State tenants should have the right to have dogs. This is because all New Zealanders have the right to have dogs. It was revealed yesterday that Housing NZ has tightened … Continue reading Every state tenant and his dog
In a game I don’t get to play as much as I’d like, called Go home stay home, Home is the place that everybody wants to get to. The problem … Continue reading One Two Three Home