PM praises public housing rollout
Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is praising the rollout of an extra 8,000 public housing places to call home, under a Government public housing programme.
Ardern says that of the 74,337 households now being supported in public housing places, more than six thousand are living in brand new public homes built since November 2017, under the current Government.
“We believe every New Zealander deserves to live in a warm, dry home and that the state has a role in helping make that happen,” she says.
“We have committed to adding over 18,000 public and transitional housing places by 2024 and this is well on track.”
At the opening of six newly built one-bedroom state homes in Spreydon, Christchurch, Housing Minister Megan Woods says that delivering over 8,000 additional public housing places is a great milestone to celebrate.
“Between November 2017 and 30 June 2021, 8,121 public housing places have been added by Kāinga Ora and Community Housing Providers, taking total public housing places to 74,337,” says Woods said.
“Together, Kāinga Ora and Community Housing Providers delivered 6,503 newly built homes over this period, sometimes replacing old houses that had passed their use-by-date and allowing a greater number of homes on the same site.”
She says the current government inherited a “housing crisis” from the previous National government, blamed on mass state housing sell-off.
“We have rebuilt the public sector’s ability to plan and build new housing and have also more than tripled the amount of funding for Community Housing Providers (CHPs) to deliver more housing, as we all work together to resolve this housing crisis.”