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Affordability & Community on the Housing Agenda

It is great to see that sustainable solutions are getting traction in the marketplace.  It is obvious that there  is a housing crisis in New Zealand that is not going to disappear if we rely on purely traditional large housing models.  We need to promote the great solutions that are being discussed and starting to […]

A Small Time Community Development for Featherston

  This update is a summary of what we have been doing in Featherston, north of Wellington NZ. The basic proposal is for ~100 small and tiny homes in a sustainable community setting of productive landscapes, and useful shared spaces. We have created a specific Featherston webpage  and a Facebook presence for this development.   Prior to […]

Affordable Housing - what options would you choose?

The current NZ official view of affordable housing is ~$600,000 in Auckland and $500,000 elsewhere.  I’m much more in line with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters suggestion that the average person should be able to buy a house on 4 times their wage.  That means a home needs to cost […]

What can councils do to support affordable housing?

There are many parts to the housing unaffordability puzzle and many players who are working on their own agendas, so it's not an easy solution.  This blog suggests a few actions that councils can take to help the process back to affordability: Identify more zoned and serviced land for development This one has been harped […]

Is prefab the new black in affordable housing?

WOW is the short description of my day at the Prefab CoLab on 8 Feb18. There is so much opportunity ahead of us to provide affordable housing! This conference was run by Prefab NZ at AUT and had about 250 participants. Prefab is short for prefabrication or offsite construction of building components or full structures […]

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