Social Housing in New Zealand - the oft forgotten variable 'tenant participation'

The current government of New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys has been instrumental in the devolvement of provision of social housing away from government. In the stampede towards an unregulated property market the government have encouraged local governments to quit any social/pensioner housing units albeit with a certain amount of arm twisting. This paper draws readers’ attention to this rough override of tenant rights, so much so that in some instances many elderly tenants live in a state of fear of the new (often NFP) landlords. The authors draw comparisons with tenant participation in the United Kingdom where it has been shown that tenant participation in the governance of social housing units promotes socially responsible communities. Key Words: Social Housing, Tenant Participation, Affordability, New Zealand, UK.

Ashley Burrowes