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Housing Policy Summary

Holly Walker MP
Holly Walker MP
holly [dot] walker [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Email)

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All New Zealanders, deserve a sustainable and affordable home, whether renting or owning,

Safe, secure, sustainable housing is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

How and where we build homes has a major impact on the environment and we are committed to promoting housing that is energy efficient, close to transport and is designed to be sustainable.

Key Principles

  • Housing is a social good and a basic right.
  • No one should be prevented from establishing a decent home because of low income.
  • All people should have secure tenure of appropriate housing.
  • Housing developments should optimise land use, reduce car use and be built to sustainable building principles.
  • Energy-saving and resource-conserving technologies must be promoted for all buildings.

Specific Policy Points

Providing secure and affordable social housing

  • Increase acquisition and building of state housing units by at least 3000 units a year for the next 3 years.
  • Maintain an income related rental policy of 25% of income for Housing New Zealand Corporation tenants.

Expanding the third sector

  • Provide funding to third sector housing organisations for a minimum of 1000 units a year for the next 3 years, prioritising those with commitment to environmental and social sustainability.
  • Remove legal and institutional barriers to the development of co-operative housing, eco-villages, self-built, sweat equity housing, shared ownership, and papakainga housing Supported housing for those in need.
  • Ensure appropriate housing and support for those living with, and recovering from, mental illness and addictions.
  • Support older people and people with physical or intellectual impairments so that they can remain in their own homes, or move into suitable housing .

No one should be left homeless

  • Create a legally binding duty on the public sector to ensure housing needs are met.
  • Support third sector organisations working for homeless people.

Housing Affordability

  • Reduce speculative investment in the housing market by tightening the rules around loss attributing qualifying companies and introducing a capital gains tax on all but the family home.
  • Increase peoples ability to save for a deposit and service a mortgage by increasing the minimum wage to no less than 66% of the average wage.
  • Introduce a Universal Child Benefit that can be capitalised towards the child's first home.
  • Increase provision of low interest financing for low-income households seeking home ownership
  • Shift the standard tenancy conditions towards more secure and predictable tenure arrangements.

Rural housing

  • Increase funding and support to repair and renovate rural housing.
  • Ensure access to basic water, sanitation and cooking requirements, wherever these are lacking

Recognising Te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • Ensure that central government works with iwi, hapu and urban Maori on housing issues.
  • Support papakainga and local iwi and hapu third sector housing.

Sustainable buildings

  • Develop a sustainable building strategy, which sets standards for use of building materials.
  • Require, as part of a National Policy Statement on Sustainable Energy, district plans to facilitate the use of solar and/or wind energy.
  • Introduce national technical qualifications for administration of the Building Code at local level and require that NZ building inspectors are trained to this standard.
  • Ensure that all new buildings conform to sustainable building principles by 2012.
  • Support and expand programmes to make existing homes more energy and water efficient.

Building for sustainable transport, healthier communities, and individual well being

  • Develop a National Policy statement on housing to streamline consent processes and incorporate sustainability standards.
  • Ensure housing development and subdivision provisions of district plans minimise car use and increase ability to use public transport.
  • Support mixed-use zones where small business and residential living can both be accommodated.
  • Provide matched funding for local authorities that take active measures to support social housing or low income retrofitting programmes.
  • Revise the building code so that new houses and building premises are required to be accessible by design unless specifically exempted.
  • Work with local authorities to develop urban density guidelines to avoid both sprawl and overcrowding.
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