Church Leaders Statement on Housing

In May 2017 Representative church leaders have met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment.

Because sustainable communities can only occur where there is housing security, the leaders presented a comprehensive strategy on each aspect of the housing continuum, urging ministers to implement a broader strategy of ownership, rental, social and emergency housing solutions.

The church leaders told the Prime Minister, “An insufficient supply of safe and affordable housing in New Zealand is contributing to a level of poverty that is fracturing the well-being of people and communities and hindering the educational progress of our children.

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10 pg PDF

“Ensuring everyone has access to affordable housing is perhaps the most important means to lifting New Zealanders out of poverty and boosting the nation’s collective health and prosperity.”

Wayne Kirkland, on behalf of the Social Justice Unit, has created a document for practical reflections and small group study using this statement. You can find it on our website.