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Preparing for Winter 2018

No one in need of housing should go unsupported this winter. Our priority is that everyone who approaches us for help is supported in some way to find a place to stay.

Our all-hands-on-deck approach to preparing for winter is strongly focussed on collaboration and engagement. We’re working closely with other government agencies, providers and the wider housing sector to understand and react quickly to what’s happening on the ground, and in our communities.

This approach will allow us to do everything we can to help New Zealanders get through winter safely.

The Winter 2018 Response will deliver more than 1,500 places across Housing First, transitional and public housing during Winter 2018. The package will deliver:

  • up to 50 additional Housing First places in areas of high-need
  • 416 additional transitional housing places (which includes 116 additional short-term contracted motel units with support services)
  • 911 additional public housing places from Housing New Zealand (HNZ)
  • up to 160 public housing places from Community Housing Providers (CHPs).

This is just the base of what we are aiming to achieve over winter, though. We will always do more if we can, and we are working closely with our providers, the wider housing sector and communities to uncover all possible options for more housing supply.

Areas of high need

We have identified a number of locations where rough sleeping is expected this winter. These will be likely to include Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington (including Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua), Hamilton, Dunedin and Tauranga.

Regional towns may also see increases in demand, including Whangarei, Rotorua, Gisborne, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Blenheim and Nelson.

We will be closely monitoring regional demand this winter.

How can I help?

The housing situation that New Zealand is currently experiencing will take time to solve – it’s not something that can be done overnight.

The priority is to increase the number of houses, and support all New Zealanders to have a warm, safe and dry place to live.

We are always open to new and innovative ideas that will help us to increase the housing supply, and any ideas of land we could use. This winter, we are specifically interested in hearing about:

  • properties that might be available over winter, such as seasonal worker accommodation or private rental homes
  • small land options that are suitable for temporary housing, with power and water connections already available, such as campgrounds, marae or private land.