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Announcing the new WHI CEO

After a long search, the Waikato Housing Initiative (WHI) is pleased to announce the addition of Aksel Bech to the team as our new Chief Executive Officer. Aksel brings with him a myriad of skills cultivated during his time involved in the corporate and local government sectors. Aksel’s previous position as a Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Waikato District Council has provided him the opportunity to be involved with the Waikato Plan leadership, which gave birth to the WHI. The work...

October 28, 2022

Business leaders set sights on bringing $400,000 homes to Waikato

Waikato Housing Initiative Co-Chair, Nic Greene was approached by Stuff to lend his expertise to talk on the affordable housing arena.  Along with Simon Perry - Perry Group, Jennifer Palmer - Bridge Trust and Leonard Gardener - Fosters, this article enters into the affordable housing debate.https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-s......

October 28, 2022

Waikato Housing Initiative Update - October 2022

The Waikato Housing Initiative (WHI) is a cross-sectoral group working toward our vision: “Every person and every family in the Waikato region is well-housed*, living in sustainable, flourishing and connected communities”. (*We have included the UN rights to adequate housing entitlements in our definition. ‘Well-housed’ means timely access to habitable, affordable, accessible, culturally appropriate, appropriately located, and with security of tenure housing.’) Charitable Status &...

October 27, 2022

Hamilton City Council Plan Changes

There have been some interesting articles recently around Hamilton City Council's plan changes.  Please find below links relating to these changes, provided by one of our Waikato Housing Initiative Leadership Group members, Charlotte Muggeridge (Associate at Harkness Henry). Plan Change 9: Heritage: https://www.harknesshenry.co.nz/2022/07/18/how-might-hamilton-city-councils-plan-change-9-affect-your-property/Plan Change 9: SNAs: https://www.harknesshenry.c...

October 18, 2022

Ngāruawāhia projects provide whānau and community with safe, affordable housing

Whenua at three sites in Ngāruawāhia were blessed and had the sod turned just before Christmas, marking the start of construction for three new papakāinga in Waikato.All three projects have been approved under Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga, a joint initiative between Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development, that will increase the Māori housing supply across the motu.Read more here.Courtesy of Waikato News...

January 8, 2022

Waikato leaders aim to increase affordable housing stock by 100% in five years

The Waikato Housing Initiative welcomed the Government’s announcement today that at least four significant housing infrastructure projects in Waikato have been asked to submit more detailed applications for consideration by its Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF). The administrator of the fund, Kāinga Ora, concluded its initial evaluation of applications with successful councils, iwi and developers asked to submit final funding applications by the end of the year. Waikato District Council ...

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