New Zealand has a proud history of providing quality social housing. We have recognised as a nation that this social safety-net is important to social stability – having a place called “home”.
We now have the added challenge as growing numbers of low-to-middle income earners, who are ineligible for social housing, have been progressively priced out of the housing market.
Exploring different combinations of design and building techniques to deliver more affordable housing are options. Recognising the importance of appropriate land use, orientation to the elements, provision for privacy, and adaptability to changing family structures to ensure that housing constructed today is suitable for future generations is essential. So too is locating homes close to workplaces, and our community places to take advantage of time and transport cost savings.