There’s growing concern about increasing housing and social needs of our district, so we’re taking an in-depth look at what’s happening, and what’s likely to happen as our district continues to grow. This is one of the first key actions of our housing work programme.
Tell us your housing story, to help us build a case for change.
We’ll be carrying out a housing and social needs assessment. This will be made up of:
- quantitative research
- qualitative research
- research by our iwi partners into the housing and social needs in their rohe (district).
We’re taking this process a little bit further than most, to make sure we hear from every corner of our community. We need to get this right, so we can meet our vision of a thriving environment, vibrant economy, and strong communities.
A needs assessment is a systematic assessment to identify housing and social requirements, examine their nature and causes, and set priorities for action.
The assessment report will be a resource for the whole community, giving us the robust information we need for future discussions with Government and allow Council and stakeholders to plan to address the supply gaps across our housing continuum.
As part of this we’ll also be asking the community to tell us their housing stories through an anonymous survey, to help us build a case for change. To have the biggest impact, we need to hear from as many of you as possible – so please, share your story when you hear the call!
This will be carried out by Livingston and Associates, and will look at:
- growth predictions
- education and social outcomes
- building trends data.
This will be finalised by the end of 2021.
The qualitative research will be carried out by urban strategy experts the Urban Advisory, working with key interest groups and service providers. They’ll gather insights on how individuals and families across our district are currently living and their aspirations for living in the future, including conducting a housing needs survey.
Iwi partners’ research
Alongside this mahi, our iwi partners are conducting research into the housing and social needs in their rohe (district). This will ensure the Māori voice is included in decisions around housing and wellbeing as our district grows, and rangatiratanga is demonstrated within Council’s housing programme to address gaps in housing supply.
Targeted engagement with stakeholders and interest groups has begun and will take approximately six months to complete. A draft assessment is expected in early 2022.