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/////////////////////////////////////////// 50 new transitional homes open in Manurewa

Posted: 01 Mar 2018 08:06 PM PST

More than 600 people will have a warm, safe and dry place to live over the next three years, when a new development of 50 homes is opened today in Auckland, says Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa. “The new studio units, located on Browns Road in Manurewa, will ensure 200 people have a place to go immediately, and are not left out in the cold, while they are supported to find a longer term housing option.” says Ms Salesa. The development is a joint project between the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand, and will be managed by the Salvation Army. Salvation Army will provide a range of tailored social support services to people while they live there. They will also help them to secure more permanent accommodation. Salvation Army Supportive Accommodation National Director Lieutenant-Colonel Lynette Hutson says the Army is excited to be involved helping address high levels of housing need in South Auckland—especially for vulnerable single people. “The ongoing support we will provide will assist with maintaining their tenancy when they experience challenges. This is a great outcome both for the individuals, their families, and the community,” Ms Hutson says. “The Government’s goal is to make sure everyone in need of safe, secure housing has somewhere to stay in both the immediate and long term’ says Ms Salesa.

Note to editor: Transitional housing provides short-term housing for people with an immediate housing need while support is put in place to transition them into sustainable housing on a long-term basis. Places are managed by specialist emergency housing providers who are skilled in providing a range of social and tenancy-related support. There are currently just over 1,900 transitional housing places secured for tenanting across New Zealand, which can support around 7,600 households per year.

/////////////////////////////////////////// Temporary Accomodation Service extended to Nelson Tasman

Posted: 01 Mar 2018 07:44 PM PST

Storm damaged households in the Nelson Tasman district can now access temporary accommodation. The Government is extending the Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) to assist more households affected by ex-Tropical Cyclones Fehi and Gita, says Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development Jenny Salesa. “TAS is already assisting those in storm damaged households on the West Coast and this same service will now be extended to those impacted in the Nelson Tasman district.” says Ms Salesa. “The extreme weather damaged a number of houses and dwellings in the Nelson Tasman district, particularly around Ruby Bay, Riwaka and Marahau and it is clear that a number of households will need temporary accommodation, “If you’re on the West Coast or in the Nelson Tasman district, and your home was damaged by Cylone Fehi or Cyclone Gita, then contact the Temporary Accommodation Service. They will help you find somewhere to stay while your home is repaired. “I would also urge tenants and landlords of rental properties to visit to familiarise themselves with their tenancy rights and obligations following an event like this.” says Ms Salesa. Those wanting assistance to find temporary accommodation should register their details at or call 0508 754 163.

/////////////////////////////////////////// Joint project to boost trans-Tasman exports

Posted: 01 Mar 2018 05:36 PM PST

The Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Australia have agreed to investigate ways to boost the flow of business and exports, from Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), across the Tasman. “About 75 percent of New Zealand SMEs export to Australia and more Australian firms export to New Zealand than any other country,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Both Prime Minister Turnbull and I see huge potential for both our countries in making it easier, and speedier, for SME’s to do business across the border. “I see this as the next step in CER and an extension of the potential that exists in the agenda for a Trans-Tasman Single Economic Market (SEM). “Today Prime Minister Turnbull and I agreed to commission a joint programme of work to investigate the factors that help to contribute to the success of SMEs across the Tasman, and to work through the factors that are constraining their success. “We have also agreed to jointly commission a review of our policy and regulatory frameworks to ensure that they are creating an environment in which trans-Tasman digital trade is as open and facilitative as they are for conventional trade. “The first leap into exporting for the majority of SME’s in both Australia and New Zealand is across the Tasman and it’s often a spring board from there to the global market. “While there has been steady progress on the SEM since it was established in 2009, we want to see progress sped up in relation to smaller businesses especially in areas like the streamlining of trans-Tasman travel. “Business has been telling us for a while about the benefits of e-invoicing, and removing departure cards, and other barriers to business, such as regulatory costs and some duplicated processes. “Given the crucial role smaller businesses play in driving the growth our country relies on, it makes sense to make it easier for those firms to do business with our closest neighbour,” Jacinda Ardern said.

/////////////////////////////////////////// More state houses for the regions by mid-year

Posted: 01 Mar 2018 04:32 PM PST

Up to 155 new state houses will be built in 15 regional centres by the middle of this year, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “This is the first step in building more new homes to help those most in need in our regions. In total, it will build more than 270 bedrooms for individuals or families in the areas where they are needed most. “Housing NZ will build these modern, warm and dry homes on its vacant land and on its larger properties. They will mostly consist of one or two bedroom homes, with some larger homes. “These homes will be low maintenance, fully insulated, and have carpets, curtains and double glazing. “Work will begin on these houses this month and it’s expected that people will start moving in from mid-2018. “This is the largest building initiative Housing NZ has undertaken outside the main centres in decades. “If we want to reduce homelessness, we must build more state houses. If more state houses had been built in the past decade, we would not have the levels of homelessness we do today,” Phil Twyford says. Background – New state houses will be built the following regional centres: Far North - 10 Rotorua - 8 Whakatane – 8 Napier/Hastings – 49 New Plymouth – 6 Whanganui – 7 Palmerston North – 11 Nelson / Marlborough – 20 South Canterbury – 19 Dunedin – 14 Invercargill – 3 * As Housing NZ continues to move through the planning process, these numbers may change.

/////////////////////////////////////////// Better education information for Māori

Posted: 01 Mar 2018 12:54 PM PST

The Government will be making improvements to information for iwi and hapū on the achievement of their tamariki, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Today the Ministry of Education released their annual Iwi Profiles, which provide information on participation rates of early childhood, attainment of NCEA Level 2 and 3 and tertiary study in rohe around the country. “The data in the Iwi Profiles provides a high-level overview of achievement and I know some iwi find it useful for their education planning,” Mr Davis says. “But the profiles are largely based on showing how the previous Government’s Better Public Service Targets are being met. Useful information for Māori shouldn’t just be about that and we can deliver something more meaningful.” “I want to produce something which shows what achievement looks like from a Māori perspective, not what the Crown sees as Māori success. I’m keen to work with iwi and hapū to understand what they want us to report on, which could include a greater focus on the child’s experience. “Iwi might also want to know about whether tamariki are engaged and enjoy their learning, the strength of te reo among Māori students in the rohe, and how education is contributing to their children’s success as Māori.” “Support from iwi, hapū and whānau is crucial if we are to raise the achievement of our tamariki and rangatahi. Having more appropriate information for them is part of that kaupapa.” The Government plans to talk to iwi and hapū and make improvements to the Iwi Profiles from next year. The latest Iwi Profiles are available at:

/////////////////////////////////////////// Building begins on 82 state houses in New Lynn

Posted: 01 Mar 2018 12:02 PM PST

Work on a major housing redevelopment to build 82 new state homes in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn began today, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “This project is a great example of how Housing NZ is redeveloping its aging stock to provide modern, warm and dry homes that fully utilise Crown land. “When finished, this redevelopment will house up to 292 Aucklanders. These homes will be designed and built to modern standards, and include double-glazing, insulation, thermal curtains, carpet, and low-maintenance plantings. “Importantly, they are located close to the New Lynn town centre and near public transport.” “In the not too distant past, it was the site of 16 state houses built in the 1940s. They no longer matched the needs of today’s Housing NZ tenants,” Phil Twyford says. The start of construction at Thom Street was celebrated today by local iwi, dignitaries and members of the community. Phil Twyford says building more state houses is a crucial part of addressing the national housing crisis. “Not only will it help reduce homelessness, it will take some of the pressure off our limited private rental market,” he says. Background: The first homes will be completed within the first half of 2019 and the entire development completed mid-2020. The Housing NZ site at 1-12 Thom St, 14-16 Islington Ave and 47-51 Margan Ave, New Lynn once accommodated 8 two-bedroom, 6 three-bedroom and 2 four-bedroom houses on an 11,046 sqm site. The redevelopment will see the construction of 82 new homes using ten different dwelling typologies: seven two storey standalone units, 27 two storey townhouses, and 48 apartment units situated in three, three-level walk up apartment buildings. Read more on our Thom Street development

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