Burning down the house: how social housing could break NZ communities

Merivale in Tauranga, New Zealand has 22 streets. There are just under 900 houses in those streets. We have comparatively low levels of home ownership and high levels of absentee landlords. Over 200 of the houses are owned by Housing New Zealand, the government’s state housing organisation. Originally the Housing NZ houses were all built… Read More Burning down the house: how social housing could break NZ communities

How I failed the community of Merivale & how that was the best outcome for our economy

I was the manager of the Merivale Community Centre from 2008 to 2013. The community centre was opened in 1996 by the residents of Merivale to support their young people and whānau who struggled. At the end of 2012 we had  19 contracts that came from Ministry of Social Development (that covered Child Youth and Family and… Read More How I failed the community of Merivale & how that was the best outcome for our economy