Progressive Thinking: Ten Perspectives on Housing

Over the ten chapters, and one case study, our contributors consider everything from land and building costs to the inter-generational effects of the tax system on New Zealand’s housing markets; from renters’ rights and the housing needs of people with disabilities to the role of the state and local government in solving the problem.

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Progressive thinking: ten perspectives on housing is a sister publication to our booklet Ten perspectives on tax that we published in May of this year.  It’s a collection of journalistic essays examining the housing crisis from ten leading New Zealand authors, academics and campaigners.

Over the ten chapters, and one case study, our contributors consider everything from land and building costs to the inter-generational effects of the tax system on New Zealand’s housing markets; from renters’ rights and the housing needs of people with disabilities to the role of the state and local government in solving the problem.

Housing is a big issue for our members.  In a survey last year, they ranked housing as a priority concern in the run-up to the election.  In subsequent surveys this year they’ve told us of significant stress caused by the cost, availability and quality of housing.  We’re concerned about the wellbeing of our members, and what will happen to our urban centres when core public and community sector workers can no longer afford to live in them. We think it’s time for a great leap forward in the way that we plan, design and deliver housing in New Zealand; this book is a contribution to one of the most important debates of recent years.

Jem Yoshioka