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Opinion: The will and the way to solve housing affordability

Paul Majurey, of Marutūāhu descent, chairs the Waimahia and Puhinui Park community housing developments.

A few weeks ago, we saw the blessing of the final homes to be occupied at the Waimahia housing development. Five years of collective effort has transformed 16ha of green pasture at Weymouth into a 1200 strong community living in 295 homes.

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Foundation awards hard working organisations

Organisations from across New Zealand were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the community and environment at a ceremony at Government House in Auckland tonight.

The event, hosted by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, saw special recognition awards presented by the Tindall Foundation to five “exceptional organisations and influencers”.

The New Zealand Housing Foundation (NZHF) was given the award for outstanding contribution to the local community, acknowledging its work developing affordable houses for low income families.

Stephen Tindall, who founded his family’s philanthropic foundation with wife Margaret 20 years ago, said the NZHF had given many people the chance to own their own home and improve their quality of life.

Read the full article on NZHerald.co.nz

Govt to spend $16.7m on new social housing in Auckland

The Government is to spend $16.7 million on 87 new houses as part of community social housing projects in Auckland.

The announcement was made this afternoon by Housing Minister Nick Smith at Trent St, Avondale, where 28 new homes will be built over the next year.

The Government will partner four community organisations, which will also contribute funding to build the houses.

The Trent St site is a partnership with the New Zealand Housing Foundation, which has received $4.2m from the Government’s Social Housing Fund for a $9.7m development, which will provide 20 houses.

It is expected 28 units will be built on the site, of which eight will be sold to help fund the development.

They will be aimed at low-income tenants, with some offered as rentals and some under a rent-to-buy scheme.

Read the article on NZHerald.co.nz

 

To all our valued families, stakeholders and suppliers

This describes the steps Housing Foundation is taking to respond to COVID-19 while continuing to operate.

We will continue to operate while ensuring we do everything possible to keep our team, families, stakeholders and suppliers safe.  The safety of our employees and households in our home ownership and rent to own programmes is a priority. The steps we will take to reduce risk include:

Housing Foundation team members will be available to be contacted as follows:

Enquiries regarding Home Ownership Applications and general enquiries to: info@housingfoundation.co.nz
Enquiries regarding home maintenance to: maintenance@housingfoundation.co.nz
Enquiries regarding office, financial and business operations to: office@housingfoundation.co.nz

Call Centre number is freephone 0800 4 HOUSING (446 874)

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on one of the above emails or reach out to me or a member of the team directly.

We hope you continue to stay safe and remain well.

 

Kind regards,
Dominic Foote
CEO Housing Foundation