This is a repost of a piece written for the magazine of the International Union of Tenants – a brief introduction to some of the problems of renting in New … Continue reading Working for better rental housing in New Zealand
Paul Cheshire, an economist, is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. Alongside his academic work, he advises governments and international organisations; recently, he advised New … Continue reading “Patronizing pieces of politics” – An interview with Paul Cheshire
The government wants to make some changes to New Zealand’s Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), the law that governs the relationship between tenant and landlord. Under the draft Bill, landlords will … Continue reading Will this Bill improve our rental housing?
This is an interview with Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, about his book, All that is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times … Continue reading “Building is not a panacea” – An interview with Danny Dorling
It’s awful to live in a damp home. We know it from experience, or from stories, like the one told by Kayla at the Wellington Renters United launch: of multi-coloured … Continue reading Researchers help make some homes less damp
This is the second part of a two-part interview with Shamubeel Eaqub, author, along with Selena Eaqub, of the book Generation Rent: Rethinking New Zealand’s Priorities. The interview took place … Continue reading “Rich folk know how to not pay taxes”: An interview with Shamubeel Eaqub (Part 2)
Generation Rent: Rethinking New Zealand’s Priorities, by Shamubeel Eaqub and Selena Eaqub, has received a great deal of attention since it was released six months ago, and quite rightly. It’s … Continue reading “We need to focus on the wins we can sustain”: An interview with Shamubeel Eaqub (Part 1)
In the important new book, No country for old maids? Talking about the ‘man drought‘, one of the issues author Hannah August puts her brilliant mind to is the disadvantages … Continue reading Single ladies and the housing market
Today, New Zealand’s newest MP, Green Marama Davidson, gave her maiden speech in Parliament. It’s a remarkable speech in many ways, but this is a blog about housing, so I … Continue reading “You shouldn’t have to become an MP to get a house to live in”
Thirty-four thousand people in New Zealand are homeless, or severely housing deprived: they crowd in to friends’ homes, stay in campgrounds, boarding houses, garages or cars, and live on the … Continue reading Would a statutory right to housing make a difference to homelessness?