A new $12 million transitional housing complex on Puhinui Road in Auckland will help house up to 560 families a year, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has announced.
The 72-unit building is part of the Government’s $354 million support to help 8600 families every year with transitional housing – 3660 of which will be in Auckland.
“This Government is working hard, alongside housing providers and NGOs, to ensure every person who needs temporary accommodation gets it. We’re on track to deliver 621 short-term houses in our biggest city this winter,” Ms Adams says.
“Places like this modern, purpose-built complex are part of that. Built to modern standards, this complex has double-glazing and full insulation, and are designed to ensure maximum sun into bedrooms in winter.
“The tenants who will live here will be a mix – single parents with children, couples and people with disabilities. As of yesterday, 10 units have been tenanted – seven single parents with eight children between them, two single people and one couple. Feedback from the families is overwhelmingly positive.”
Onsite management will be provided by Strive Community Trust, who will provide 24/7 support for tenants over their stay.
“Strive is a well-established organisation that is committed to providing services to address the social, economic and cultural needs of all the people who live in the communities they serve,” Ms Adams says.
“The 8600 transitional housing places are just one part of our plan to support New Zealanders in need of housing, from urgent shelter to long-term social housing. We are also planning to increase the number of social houses from 66,000 today to 72,000 over the next three years.”
Our social housing plan
This year, the Government will spend $2.3 billion supporting 310,000 households with their accommodation. Those seeking immediate shelter can access an emergency Special Needs Grant so they have a warm, safe place to stay while they search for more sustainable housing. We have invested $354 million to help 8600 families every year with transitional housing, with 3660 of these to be in Auckland. We are also planning to grow the number of social houses available, from 66,000 today to 72,000 over the next three years.
New Zealand’s biggest housing development at Hobsonville Point has marked its 1000th new home, Social Housing and Housing New Zealand Minister Amy Adams announced today.
Ms Adams was in Hobsonville Point today with Upper Harbour MP Paula Bennett to welcome the proud new owners of the 1000th house.
“The $3.5 billion Hobsonville Point development is delivering around one new home a day for Auckland. Already home to 3000 residents, it’s a significant development that’s changing Auckland’s urban landscape and providing much-needed houses for Auckland families,” Ms Adams says.
“1000 homes are now completed and occupied, with another 630 under construction. Out of the properties already sold, 409 have been affordable homes – all of which were at or below $550,000.
“It’s by far New Zealand’s largest and fastest residential housing development.
“Over 4000 new homes will be built by the time the development is completed in 2023. Of these around 2780 will be delivered as part of the Government’s 34,000 new houses in Auckland under the Crown Building Project.”
Hobsonville Point is a master-planned community on 167 hectares of land formerly an air force base. It’s being developed by Housing New Zealand subsidiary HLC into 4000 houses. The land was given Special Housing Area status in 2013, with earthworks consented a week later and now 1436 homes have been sold.
Community amenities include park, playgrounds, cycle ways, walking tracks, a Farmers Market, a new primary and secondary school, and a commuter ferry service to downtown Auckland. The visionary design and architecture has been recognised by numerous awards.
In the next three years, 12,000 new houses will be built across Auckland as the first stage of the Government’s Crown Building Project gets underway, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says.
These houses are part of the Government’s 34,000 new houses for Auckland to be built in the next ten years, announced by Ms Adams last month.
“Across 41 suburbs, 12,421 new houses will create more social, affordable and market houses in Auckland over the next three years – and works out to be on average roughly eleven houses built every day,” Ms Adams says.
“These new houses will be built in suburbs across Auckland, in dozens of places like Takapuna, Onehunga, Manurewa, and Point Chevalier.
“The priority of this project is more social housing. A focus of our Crown Building Project is delivering 13,500 new social houses to future-proof Auckland. But we will also build 20,600 affordable and market housing to ensure a pathway for tenants to move into independent, affordable housing.
“Our focus is unashamedly on helping vulnerable Aucklanders, but for the social housing continuum to work well, there needs to be a functioning market of affordable private market options, particularly in the rental area.”
At least 20 per cent across the Crown Building Project will be affordable housing aimed at first home buyers, which means they will be priced under the KiwiSaver HomeStart cap of $650,000.
“Good urban design means developments will be a mix of affordable and market houses, and social houses. This will integrate social housing and private housing to create diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods.”
Former Secretary for Justice Belinda Clark has been appointed as Law Commissioner, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.
“Ms Clark brings a wealth of experience, having worked at the highest levels of the public service both here and across the Tasman,” Ms Adams says.
Ms Clark has worked in Australia since 2014 as the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner. She was the Secretary for Justice from 2001 to 2011 and has also held the roles of Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements, Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission and General Manager, Policy and Planning of the Accident Compensation Corporation.
“She possesses the leadership, policy, Treaty and public sector experience to make a valuable contribution across the wide range of the Law Commission’s work programme,” Ms Adams says.
Ms Clark takes up her five year appointment on 1 August 2017.
“I want to thank out-going Commissioner Hon Dr Wayne Mapp for his work since appointed to the Law Commission in March 2012, in particular for his leadership on Commission’s DNA issues paper.”
The Law Commission is an independent Crown body charged with the systematic review, reform, and development of the law. It investigates and reports to Parliament on how laws can be improved in specific areas it is asked to investigate by the Minister responsible.
Budget 2017 will provide an extra $46.9 million of operating funding over the next four years for new services to reduce burglary and youth offending, Justice Minister Amy Adams and Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell say.
The funding is part of the Government’s Social Investment Package of $321 million over four years in Budget 2017.
“A new initiative to boost our Government’s efforts to prevent and reduce the number of burglaries will receive $32.9 million,” Ms Adams says.
“We want to reduce the risk of hardworking New Zealanders being burgled. The initiative will target burglars under the age of 25, because this group has a high risk of committing more crime long-term, with a predicted 15,300 more burglaries and other offences over the next 30 years.
“The main focus of the initiative is on reducing the motivation to commit burglary and increasing the availability of reintegration services to better transition offenders from prison back into the community.
“The initiative will also provide support to reduce the risk of a burglary victim being repeatedly targeted by installing additional security such as window locks, security lights or bolt locks,” Ms Adams says.
Mr Mitchell says the $13.9 million over the next four years will help to further reduce youth offending by providing professional youth mentoring, cognitive behavioural therapy and functional family therapy.
“Everyone should be safe in their homes and businesses, and we’re focused on investing in what works to ensure this is the case,” Mr Mitchell says.
“Serious youth offenders are most likely to go on to live a life of crime, so addressing the problems while offenders are young means our communities will be safer now and in the long term.”