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Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable home, whether they own or rent. Better urban planning and building practices can lead to healthier communities and better environmental outcomes.

Affordable, quality housing is a right

  • No one should have to pay more than 30% of their income for a decent home. Housing NZ and community housing tenants should not pay more than 25% of their income on rent.
  • A capital gains tax, excluding the family home, should disincentivise speculative property investment.
  • Only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents should be able to buy land.

Renting should be affordable, stable, and ensure living standards

  • A warrant of fitness for rental properties should include insulation, clean heating, weather-tightness, and basic service standards (e.g. water supply).
  • People who rent should enjoy security, stability and be protected from unreasonable rent increases.
  • Government should support tenants’ advocacy groups.

A range of sustainable non-market and market housing solutions is needed

  • Housing NZ should be resourced to build more state homes, as well as upgrade existing state homes. This should be linked to local employment and apprenticeship schemes.
  • Government should enable community groups to contribute to housing supply.
  • Affordable housing should be created through progressive home-ownership rent-to-buy schemes.
  • Government should reduce barriers to housing developments on Maori land and insure finance is available for papakainga and other iwi and hapu-led housing developments.

We can end homelessness in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Central government should work with local councils and community organisations to ensure there is enough specialist housing for people with health, mental health, or addiction issues.
  • The government should regularly monitor and report on homelessness.

Better building and urban planning can help combat climate change

  • Government should fund home insulation and other energy performance improvements, including solar power generation
  • Government buildings should showcase sustainability and use local materials.
  • The Building Code should be updated to require stronger energy efficiency and sustainability standards, encourage prefab buildings, and facilitate low-impact construction practices.
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Latest Housing Announcements

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A win for Pasifika Communities to have a stable home

The Green Party welcome the Government announcement to support Pasifika peoples to become Community Housing Providers.
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Government action to cool house prices still needed despite Reserve Bank change

The Green Party welcomes the change in the Reserve Bank’s remit to consider the impacts on housing when making financial decisions, but housing aff...
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The Green Party supports long-overdue investigation into landlords breaching tenant privacy

The Green Party welcomes the announcement by the Privacy Commissioner today to look into the ways landlords and property managers seek information ...
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Urgent community builds needed to stop unaffordable rent hikes

Bold solutions are needed as we face the largest monthly rent increase in New Zealand history, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.
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Worsening housing crisis must prompt action

A growing public housing waiting list and continued increase of house prices must be urgently addressed by Government, Green Party Co-leader Marama...
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Green Party to abstain from tax changes that will worsen house crisis in absence of tax on assets

The Green Party will abstain from a bill that will make slight changes to income tax brackets.
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