Building more houses does not make them affordable | Giving sunshine a price tag | Goodbye Big City! | Government Minister says elderly housing needs cannot be overlooked | Hobsonville Point high-density development | London solution to Kiwi housing crisis | Māori solutions to future proof housing | New Zealand's hidden homes | NZ 'not geared for affordable housing' | Queen's birthday: NZ's housing system broken, says researcher | Study casts doubt on effectiveness of Special Housing Areas in Tauranga | Tāmaki Makaurau Cultural Landscapes | The call of home for new graduate | Tiny houses | Why waste water?
20 July 2018
What: Podcast from Indigenous Urbanism - Episode 5
Podcast from Indigenous Urbanism: Jade Kake interviews Building Better Homes, Towns & Cities Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua researcher, Rau Hoskins. "On this episode of Indigenous Urbanism, we travel to Tāmaki Makaurau, our largest city, to look at how Māori designers are working alongside mana whenua to re-shape the city to better reflect their unique identity and culture and to create a distinctive sense of place that benefits us all."
What: New Zealand Geographic article. Issue 152
A great article, outlining the tiny house movement in New Zealand, in the July/August issue of the New Zealand Geographic.
Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge gets a mention for research analysing the property titles registered in Auckland over the past three decades, and the part that covenants can play to restrict smaller, affordable housing at a time when New Zealand desperately needs it.
The figures are still being finalised, but researcher Dr Kay Saville-Smith says it looks like about 55 per cent of Auckland residential titles in 2017 had a covenant - compared with less than 10 per cent in 1980. Very often, those covenants mandate large dwellings, she says.
“The worst I’ve seen is a minimum of 245 square metres. You’ll hear a lot about how affordable housing is affected by planning regulations; that’s a typical public narrative. You don’t hear a lot about the use of covenants - anyone can put them on, but they’re very hard to get rid of.”
17 July 2018
What: Stuff National article
What is the future of housing for our elderly? Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin weighs in on the affordable housing debate. Stuff article which includes reference to a paper written by BBHTC's Dr Kay Saville-Smith and Dr Bev James, as part of a consultation process about the ageing population. The paper highlights how New Zealand's future older population will mostly live in rentals, as home ownership rates have continued to fall over the last 15 years.
Image: Architecture of Decision-Making Principal Investigator Dr Kay Saville-Smith.
05 July 2018
What: Nine to Noon Radio NZ interview with Ella Henry
Smaller housing developers are being locked out by bureaucracy costs, and experts say the government must connect people with expertise so affordable housing, particularly for Māori, can be built. Listen to Building Better researcher Ella Henry from the Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods team talking Māori affordable housing this week on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme:
Photo: RNZ, Claire Eastham-Farrelly.
14 June 2018
What: Blog post by Scion's Lisa Tovey on the Pure Advantage website
What happens to the water that gurgles down your shower drain? For many people it disappears out of sight and out of mind, but not for civil engineers, town planners or those working in wastewater treatment. They are busy maintaining the intricate infrastructure that takes care of your wastewater so you don’t have to think about it. A blog post from Scion's Lisa Tovey outlines the work of the BBHTC's Novel Wastewater Processing team led by Daniel Gapes at Scion.
4 June 2018
What: The Marlborough Express article
One of Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities lead researchers in the Architecture of Decision Making research programme, Dr Kay Saville-Smith, has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours.
31 May 2018
What: North Harbour News article
Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods Principal Investigator Errol Haarhoff is interviewed about the impact of high density living on well-being and housing satisfaction at Hobsonville Point.
The suburb is unique in that it's the first of its kind: a greenfield built from scratch and founded on the principle of high density living, says Errol. And it seems to be working well.
28 May 2018
What: Stuff - Business Day article
Dr Kay Saville-Smith from the Building Better Homes, Towns & Cities Architecture of Decision Making research team discusses partitioning homes to provide "new" affordable housing options with Rob Stock of Business Day
Brick houses in Muswell Hill, London, where many houses have been partitioned into individual flats. Image: Royalty-free for non-commercial editorial, by Zoltan Gabor.
28 May 2018
What: Landscape Architecture feature
Jacqueline Paul, from the Building Better Homes, Towns & Cities Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods Māori Research team, features in this month's Landscape Architecture Aotearoa. Now that she’s finished Unitec the 24-year-old has just reached out to her local trust up North. Her next 10-year plan is to return to the Takou Bay area (where her father is from and grandparents are buried) to support her whānau plan their papakāinga (housing development on ancestral land) and marae development.
Jackie Paul at Te Ngaere Marae near Matauri Bay in Northland. Photo: Landscape Architecture
18 May 2018
What: North and South magazine article
The feature article of the June 2018 North and South Magazine features the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, in particular the Supporting Success in Regional Settlements programme. Arthur Grimes, Mike MacKay, Harvey Perkins and Director Ruth Berry are all interviewed for the feature.
Saying goodbye to the city
Would life really be better in a small town? Joanna Wane asks what you should weigh up before you book a one-way ticket to the country.
Making tracks to Wairarapa
With Wellington house prices booming, more people are forging new lives across the Rimutakas. Mike White checks out Featherston on the Wairarapa Line.
2 May 2018
What: Bay of Plenty Times article
Building Better National Science Challenge researcher Dr Bev James has studied the 15 SHAs in the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty districts and questions whether Special Housing Areas are actually providing affordable homes in Tauranga.
An aerial view of Papamoa East, where nine out of 14 Special Housing Areas in Tauranga are located. Photo: Andrew Warner, Bay of Plenty Times
21 March 2018
What: NBR Radio interview with Prof. Laurence Murphy
Professor Laurence Murphy says relying on simply building more houses is not an effective pathway to generating affordable housing as the market is very good at producing market prices. He discusses the challenges of Special Housing Areas with Grant Walker on NBR Radio.
8 March 2018
What: Radio Waatea interview with Dr Jessica Hutchings
Dr Jessica Hutchings, the director Māori on the building better homes national science challenge, spoke with Radio Waatea, she says her team has been looking at how to create culturally fit-for-purpose housing both in the regions and the cities where space is short.
She says housing is more than bedrooms, a roof and a place to put the car. "We talk about a housing shortage. We talk about whanau Māori being life long renters. But also in the Challenge we are really interested in supporting the well being of whanau into houses so it is not just about building houses," Dr Hutchings says.
14 December 2017
What: Nine to Noon Radio NZ interview with Dr Kay Saville-Smith
Dr Kay Saville- Smith was interviewed on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme about New Zealand's hidden homes :
To read the report, please download the PDF: ADU Potential: Have we the potential to use our existing stock of homes to create a bigger stock of affordable, fit for purpose homes?
For all queries, please contact Kay Saville-Smith, Centre for Research, Evaluation & Social Assessment (CRESA)