July 15, 2018
New thinking for Housing NZ board
A new director of Housing New Zealand wants to see the corporation creating different kinds of housing that suits the needs of Māori and Pasifika whānau.
Dr Huhana Hickey is the first state house tenant to serve on the board, and she also brings a Māori and disability perspective to the table.
She says the idea state houses should be temporary crept in as a result of the neoliberal upheaval of the 1980s, and they were originally supposed to provide long term, sustainable, healthy homes to New Zealanders.
She’d like the corporation to explore models such as co-housing, where extended family members can be housed within the same area.
"What you’ve got then is that you can have a shared kai garden, a shared community space and the family could co-live together with the view to possibly even loan a low income loan to gain in say rent equity home ownership equity scheme where they could actually own that as a whānau group and really claim it," she says.
Dr Hickey says keeping family groups together than help address social problems and create healthier communities.
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