A prosperous country for who? Housing in New Zealand
From 'State Housing' to 'Affordable Housing' for first time buyers - what should be done?
Open Discussion, lets start the debate!
[deactivated account] started a proposal January 28th, 2015 01:19
Will National's plan on State Housing work? Closed 11:05pm - Sunday 15 Feb 2015
Do you agree with National's approach or disagree. In the general discussion feed give us some idea what your thoughts are on this topic of 'State Housing'.
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January 28th, 2015 04:43
Depends upon how you define 'work'. I suspect it will do what National wants it to do which seems to be to give a few more landlords state subsidies but I don't think it will make state housing any better or any more available.
The Working Poor Class
January 30th, 2015 02:52
Plans for the fertile land of Chch need to be addressed first before jumping to any issues regarding state houses.. and to try and sugar coat and febreze the hell out of these state housing talks, makes me so sick I need to projectile vomit.
January 30th, 2015 05:46
No it won't work to provide better housing for people in need.
February 11th, 2015 19:14
Yes, it will work. But the implied goals (cheap housing) isn't the actual goal (private profits for National supporters in the housing/landlord industry). Since a "yes" for one is indistinguishable from a "no" for the other, the wording is ambiguous
Blair Robson started a proposal February 27th, 2015 19:59
Hapu Lead Communal Living Villages Closed 8:07am - Tuesday 3 Mar 2015
We all know that a shift towards fully sustainable living is the eventual end-game for earth if we hope to conquer the mess we have made of the planet and the reliance on capitalist society.......It can only ever be achieved by a gradual shift this way and Maori are actually placed well to lead this shift if its something they want.
As a means of restoring the cultural component Maori lost when they moved away from this type of communal society as well as creating an alternative and a catchment for the areas of social welfare that have historically failed - I truly believe that if given support Hapu can be empowered to create villages like this...Not just for Maori but for anyone willing to contribute to the community.
I'm thinking ares of land which surround historical sites and Marae being turned into plots with agriculture which firstly satisfies the community in terms food and resources but also the environment...Ie commitment to reforestation, Whanau driven support networks and education.
We cannot rely on the petrodollar forever, we have the number of homeless people exponentially growing, we have disenfranchised unemployed folk out there who could do with some wholesome lifestyle choices that a community of this type would promote.
As long as the religious component was excluded and everything was based around the concepts of mother earth...Papatuanuku, Tangaroa etc etc then it could be a fantastic method of revitalising the lower socio-economic part of society.
Obviously the downside would be that it inherantly discourages employment within the economic state....but....who cares? Whats important.
I believe this would be a great way of suring up things like conservation, fisheries and working together.
I think that a concept like this supercedes the concepts surrounding the treaty of Waitangi and in fact could possibly address many of the social problems treaty settlement 'claims' to address.
Itd also be a fantastic way of helping EVERYONE understand the spirit in which this country was -actually- founded upon....Which was a working relationship between Pakeha and Maori to work the land together as one.
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February 27th, 2015 21:22
Wholeheartedly agree. First nations all over the world knew that they were part of nature, not the boss of it. While some of this knowledge has been buried quite deeply by the rhetoric of capitalism, it is not lost completely. Good proposal.
March 2nd, 2015 10:06
Absolutely has to happen, and of course it already sort of does in some communities. I think the government supporting Iwi and Hapu to set up more community initiatives is an absolute must.