What it’s like to be a solo mum searching for a rental

[This originally appeared in the Spinoff Ātea during their Rent Week series] It was reported in January that Tauranga now outranks Auckland as New Zealand’s most unaffordable city and in the city’s pressured rental market, landlords these days have their pick of tenants and of rental price. If those landlords track the national average, 80% of… Read More What it’s like to be a solo mum searching for a rental

A home is not an asset: the flawed belief of the property investor in selling our social housing

If the admiring New Zealand Herald coverage given to Brandon Lipman’s ascension to his own property investment portfolio is anything to go by, the New Zealand mythology of the right to home ownership, the quarter acre section, has been decisively dethroned. The interregnum, a period of disquiet and uncertainty about the prospects for the middle… Read More A home is not an asset: the flawed belief of the property investor in selling our social housing

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