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2018 Bruce Jesson Lecture - Housing Crisis: A smoking gun with no silver bullet

October 19, 2018 at 11:06 AM

From the University of Auckland

Bernie Smith, CEO of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, Auckland

Why does the government believe it can solve the housing crisis by itself using the KiwiBuild programme, instead of proactively and creatively working with Community Housing Providers to reduce the increasing gap between homelessness and home ownership? This government position is creating further poverty and a greater sense of hopelessness among New Zealand families, who only seek a warm, dry, affordable, long-term, sustainable rental home in which to raise their children.

The Government needs to stop berating the previous government and acknowledge that successive governments have landed NZ in this crisis, theirs included. New Zealanders got excited because we thought that this government would join the dots, facilitate creative housing solutions and create a national housing strategy that considered the whole housing continuum without being bound by political agendas. But all we’ve ended up with is KiwiBuild. There is no silver bullet to solve the housing crisis but this talk considers how together we might build strong healthy and safe communities and provide creative housing solutions for our people.

When: Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 6pm
Where: OGH Lecture theatre G36, (102-G36), Old Government House, 24 Princes Street, University of Auckland

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