At its core, New Zealand’s Aotearoa housing crisis is not about homes, but about how we think about wealth, our communities, ourselves and our neighbors, the economy, the education system and more. The only solution to this problem involves everyone.
How We Live – Creating Housing That Puts People and the Planet First is report
led by sustainability and ethical business champions MOTIF Agency and commissioned by PIF Foundation, and represents a jointly created response to concerns for Aotearoa’s housing ecosystem in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
Ben Preston, How We Live The co-author, says: “This is a problem of complexity and one that we will solve now if the existing approaches and understanding are adequate.
“Our report provides a starting point to accelerate Collective Housing
sector in New Zealand and we want to create a platform for sustainable dialogue via our website: www.howwelive.co.nz, ”Said Ben Preston.
Build 2020 Counterfutures issue in housing, How We Live researchers have adopted the term
‘Collective Housing’ to grasp the overarching intent of getting away ‘build a house’, towards a holistic model that enables the community to actively participate in co-creation of the home that regenerates its spirit and environment.
Vision How We Live is that by 2030, all New Zealanders live in communities they feel connected to, in deep connection with the lands and natural environments in which they are supported.
Helmut Modlik, CEO Ngati Toa, said: “New Zealanders are reminded in 2020 of the truth of the Māori saying. My heroes are not individual heroes, but individual heroes! ‘My strength is not from one warrior but many!’
“While the influential leadership of our Prime Minister is key, it is the unified strength of New Zealand’s ‘5 million team’ that beat the pandemic. We did it then, and we can do it again and beat the curse of homelessness among our people. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui! “
This research paves the way for sustainable solutions that can be found and rediscovered as the situation evolves over time. More than that, How We Live aims to catalyze a cross-sectional approach to honestly identify the complex and interrelated factors behind the Aotearoa housing crisis, recognizing that it is linked to issues of affordability, rapid population growth, legislative and regulatory challenges and detrimental impacts on the environment.
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the report will be followed by a practical guide –
How We Live
Workbook. This guide allows those wishing to take a different path to share their journey and learn from those already on that path. Basically, it’s a blueprint for actualizing a
Collective Housing project, complemented by step-by-step guides and a knowledge-sharing library.
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The reports attracted strong interest from a wide range of stakeholders, including policymakers such as
Ministry of Home Affairs (DIA), that Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Home life.
Grassroots organizations like Housing Innovation Society, New Zealand Community Housing, Society for Cooperative Housing NZ, and Wellington City Mission have contributed and agree with the findings and conclusions.
Notes to editors:
Definition of Collective Housing:
Collective Housing is a term that encompasses a variety of community-focused housing development approaches that promote community and environmental well-being. The four terms we include in this term are: Cooperative Ownership, Community Land Trust, Papakāinga and Joint Housing (which are only one Collective Housing forms with special development designs and patterns).
Please join us for the launch event at
How We Live stand (stall # 126) at Newtown Festival, 12-2pm on Sunday 11 April 2021.
For more information on our existing schemes, we can connect you with:
Urban Habitat Collective and Papakainga, as exemplified by Aorangi Papakainga, as well as Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and cooperative ownership projects from Hamilton Community Land Trust to Earthsong Song Environment Environment.
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