More than 2000 families have a place to call home thanks to the extra 2178 public houses delivered by the Government this year – the biggest increase in the number of public houses in approximately 20 years.
"By exceeding our target of 1600 additional public houses this year by 578, more New Zealanders now have a place to call home that is warm, and where they feel safe and secure," Minister of Housing Megan Woods said.
"One of our first actions in Government was to stop the sell-off of statehouses. We're proud to have done that, and now to have boosted the public housing stock to support thousands of New Zealanders.
"The Government build program continues to pick up speed and deliver homes across our communities.
"Housing New Zealand's stepped-up build program is delivering more and more homes that are designed and built to modern standards including double glazing, insulation, and affordable heating such as heat pumps.
"Registered Community Housing Providers are also making a significant contribution to increasing public housing supply. They delivered 955 of the additional 2178 public houses.
"The Government recognizes that the demand for housing continues to rise, driven in part by a shortage of supply, inadequate housing, homelessness, and insecurity of tenure.
"Public housing supports a range of Government housing initiatives like the successful Housing First program for chronically homeless people, and transitional housing to support people in urgent need of housing.
Net additional supply refers to the total number of additional public houses (new builds, turn-keys, buy-ins, leases, transfers of former council stock), minus the total number of disposals.
Of the 2,178 additional public houses funded by HUD, Housing New Zealand delivered 1,223 net additional places. Registered Community Housing Providers contributed by delivering 955 of the additional 2,178 public houses.
In 2018/19 Housing New Zealand built 1,461 new state homes which led to an overall net increase in the number of state homes by 1,223. This figure is made up of total additional homes less any sales, demolitions and leases expiries.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)