State housing

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State housing is a system of public housing in New Zealand, offering low-cost rental housing to residents on low to moderate incomes.wikipedia
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Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand CorporationHousing Corporation
Some 69,000 state houses are managed by Housing New Zealand Corporation, most of which are owned by the Crown.
State housing in New Zealand dates from 1894 with the establishment of the State Advances Office.

First Labour Government of New Zealand

First Labour GovernmentLabour GovernmentNew Zealand Government
At the time it was elected in 1935, the First Labour Government had no plans to introduce state housing.

Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt, New ZealandHutt CityLower Hutt CBD
A rare exception to the interspersal policy was in Waiwhetu in Lower Hutt, where state houses were built around a central marae.
In the late 1940s new suburbs of state housing developed along the eastern side of the Hutt Valley, from Waiwhetu to Taita, to alleviate nationwide housing shortages and to cater for the booming population.


Sacred Heart SchoolPetone Borough CouncillorPetone, New Zealand
Twenty-five houses were built at Petone in 1905.
Some of New Zealand's first State housing was constructed in Petone in 1906, with some of the original houses remaining in good condition.

12 Fife Lane

The first of the new state houses was completed at 12 Fife Lane in Miramar, Wellington, in 1937.
12 Fife Lane, (also known as the First State House ) Miramar, Wellington was the first state house under the First Labour Government of New Zealand.

Dixon Street Flats

Government Flats
The first to be built were the low rise family flats in Berhampore and the largest block was the ten-storey Dixon Street Flats in central Wellington containing 115 one bedroomed flats for couples and single people.
The Dixon Street Flats in central Wellington were completed in 1944 (1947 in Kernohan ) as part of the first Labour Government's state housing program.

John A. Lee

John A LeeLeeJohn Alexander Lee
MP John A. Lee was responsible for the programme (and for the use of cheap Reserve Bank 1% credit), but as he was an undersecretary rather than a minister he had limited authority.
Given responsibility for housing, Lee quickly moved to implement a "socialist" plan for state housing, with the construction of many new dwellings for the poor.

Fourth National Government of New Zealand

Fourth National GovernmentNational governmentFourth National
In 1991 the fourth National government raised state house rentals to "market levels" amid much controversy.
Unemployment and other benefits were substantially cut, and 'market rents' were introduced for state houses, in some cases tripling the rents of low-income people.

First National Government of New Zealand

First National GovernmentNational GovernmentFirst National
The National Government increased rents for new tenants to make state housing less desirable compared with private renting, and an income limit of £520 per annum was set to ensure that only those on fairly modest incomes could rent a state house.
However some modifications were made, such as allowing state housing tenants to purchase their homes and enabling families to capitalise their family benefits to buy a house.

Mana Movement

Mana PartyMana Mana
The redevelopment process has sparked over two years of protests and scores of arrests, including of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.

Hamilton East, New Zealand

Hamilton EastMemorial ParkMemorial Park, Hamilton
Hayes Paddock contains over 200 classic state houses built along seven streets named mostly after New Zealand governors general.

Glen Innes, New Zealand

Glen Innes
In 2011, in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes Housing New Zealand began a redevelopment process of 156 state properties.
In an effort to improve the quality of state housing in Glen Innes, the Government introduced "Talbot Park", an area of higher density housing, consisting of mostly apartment-style places.


It used to be a state housing neighbourhood for low-income families, but it is rapidly gentrifying.


Porirua CityPorirua City CouncilPorirua, New Zealand
In the late 1940s state planning envisaged Porirua becoming a satellite city of Wellington with state housing.

Sixth Labour Government of New Zealand

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The Sixth Labour Government, elected in 2017, has formally moved to stop the sell-off of state houses by issuing an instruction to Housing New Zealand to cancel the sale of the homes in December 2017.


Auckland, New ZealandAuckland New ZealandAuckland, NZ
Housing varies considerably between some suburbs having state owned housing in the lower income neighbourhoods, to palatial waterfront estates, especially in areas close to the Waitematā Harbour.

Hone Harawira

Harawira, Hone
The redevelopment process has sparked over two years of protests and scores of arrests, including of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.
On 12 October 2012, Harawira was arrested while peacefully protesting against the demolition of state houses in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes.


St Bernadette's School
As Lower Hutt expanded after the end of World War II in 1945, the Labour Party government under Peter Fraser selected Naenae as an ideal site to become a "designer community", a model suburb of sorts, where a suburban state-housing estate would complement a substantial shopping centre.

State planning in Porirua

state planningState Planning in Porirua (1940-1970)
A large number of families, many of them migrants, flooded into Porirua’ into mostly State houses.


Bryndwr includes a small pocket of low socio-economic households, within which approximately half the houses are state houses.

Corstorphine, New Zealand

CorstorphineKewKew, Otago
Corstorphine is a largely residential suburb, containing a substantial amount of state housing built from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Berhampore State Flats

Centennial Flats
One of many measures that was undertaken by the First Labour Government was the launch of a state housing scheme to provide every New Zealander with a home that, in Walter Nash’s words, would be “fit for a cabinet minister”.

Pine Hill, New Zealand

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Liberton is largely made up of post-World War II state housing.

Public housing

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State housing is a system of public housing in New Zealand, offering low-cost rental housing to residents on low to moderate incomes.

New Zealand

State housing is a system of public housing in New Zealand, offering low-cost rental housing to residents on low to moderate incomes.