Rotorua Housing Programme
What is being proposed?
He aha e marohitia ana?
In February 2020, the Minister of Housing, Megan Woods, announced that the NZ Government is working with Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa on a place-based assessment to better understand the housing and urban issues affecting the city.
Place-based assessments help Government to better understand the causes of housing and urban pressures around New Zealand, then work in partnership with local iwi and communities to respond to local issues.
Government will also support the Rotorua community in its response to the issues that the community are facing, with an immediate focus on emergency housing, and the development of a Council and Te Arawa iwi led Housing Programme.
The Government’s commitment to housing solutions for Rotorua will enable the community to also tackle other issues of concern such as inner city safety.
Why is this project important?
He aha te tino take o te hinonga?
Rotorua is experiencing many challenges, including strong population growth, a lack of growth in housing supply to meet needs resulting in housing affordability issues
This, alongside a tight rental market, has led to increased housing stress for many households, particularly those at the lower end of the rental market, increasing demand for public housing, and a strong reliance on Rotorua motels for emergency housing.
Council want to ensure people have homes that match their needs and that they have access to the services and amenities they need to be supported, connected and resilient.
Who has been part of the project development?
Nā wai te hinonga i whakarite?
Council has engaged with the wider community including iwi, developers, land agents, local organisations and communities over many months to gather their ideas and input towards the development of a range of housing solutions.
Partners include Council, Te Arawa iwi, Government agencies such as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, along with many other stakeholders.
How is this being funded?
I ahu mai te pūtea i hea?
Funding for any housing initiatives will be identified following the place-based assessment and once the housing programme has been finalised.