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TPA News and Views 10th February 2014

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Welcome to the first edition of TPA News and Views - this will be a regular publication highlighting issues, news of interest and TPA's opinion on some of these issues. 

Our rental system was broke long before the quakes...............

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Manager Helen Gatonyi

Our rental system was broke long before the quakes...

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  • Housing Forum Evaluation and Meeting Dates 2014

    Housing Forum Dates for 2014

    Christchurch Housing Forum Dates  are set out below:  The forum meets every 6 weeks or thereabouts at the Oxford Tce Baptist Church Hall Cnr Oxford Tce and Madras Streets.  The presentations begin at 12.30.  Participants are invited to share a cup of tea and networking from 12.10pm to 12.30.  The forum finishes at 2pm. 

    If there are any changes, these will be advertised through the mailing list and on this website.  

     

    Human Rights Commission supports TPA findings

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    Human Rights Commission supporting TPA research recommendations

    It's good to see the Human Rights Commission have taken up our recommendations - (please see TPA Rental Survey May 2013) http://www.tpa.org.nz/page/rental-survey-2013  (or click the tab on the homepage) with respect to r

    TPA ARE ON THE MOVE AGAIN

    TPA are moving to a new office

    From Wednesday October 23rd you will find us at 575 Colombo Street 

    Due to the imminent demolition of the site at 113 Tuam Street, TPA and the rest of the tenants at Christchurch Community House are once again on the move.

    We will be located at 575 Colombo Street (It has Hunting and Fishing in the front).  Just come down the side of the building, the entrance to our upstairs office is just past Handmade Studio Crafts.  

    Leonie's Story - The person behind the mouldy house story

    Leonie's Story - The person behind the mouldy house story

    We asked Leonie to tell us her own story about her housing conditions of the past three years... This is what she told us.
     
    Hi, my name is Leonie and this is my story, which started a very long time ago.
    “Living in a dump, I didn’t deserve it”
    “The truth will come out, be revealed “
    “I will say what has got to be said”
     

    Mouldy House Story

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    TPA Mouldy House Story

    Revisiting the Mould.

    Further to the Press story of today (23/8/13) TPA revisited this property with the Christchurch City Council Housing Inspector.  The photos from the visit reveal yes indeed Mr Godfrey has had EQC repairs done, however the bathroom and windows which were central to Leonie’s claim have not been.

    TPA Rental Survey Report

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    A survey carried out by Tenants Protection Association (ChCh) on rent increases and housing conditions has found that over 85% of tenants in the region are being negatively affected by rent increases.

    “Tenants can’t afford to pay for power bills, food, petrol, or going to the doctor. They can’t afford to find more suitable housing or save anything for a house deposit because their rents keep going up. Above all, tenants  feel  stressed, worried, depressed and fearful of the future,”  says Helen Gatonyi, manager of TPA.

    The beginning of many conversations to be had around rental housing reforms.

    TPA Manager talks with Minister of Housing at site of new state house build

    The beginning of many conversations to be had around the social housing reforms.  Helen talks with the Minister of Housing at Wilding Street.

     Dr Smith accompanied by Minister for Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee, National MP for Christchurch Central Nicky Wagner, Chair of Christchurch City Council’s Town Planning Committee Sue Wells and the Manager of Tenants Protection Association Helen Gatonyi, toured the Wilding Street site where the first three houses in the 700 new build programmes are under construction.

    Rebuilding Social Housing Capacity - Partners EOI

    CCC EOI Rebuilding Social Housing Capacity

    The CCC are now calling for expressions of interest to select partner
    organisations to collaborate with, in order
    to rebuild social housing capacity within Christchurch.

    Council are seeking innovative solutions (funding and design) to address
    the social housing need in Christchurch and recognise the need
    to involve external parties to achieve this strategic goal.

    To participate, organisations are required to register through the
    Tenderlink site. Please find the Tenderlink Link (below) for the EOI:

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    Contact Details

    Tenants Protection Association (ChCh) Inc
    Te Tōpū Tiaki-ā-Kainoho
    Room 3, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
    Ph.(03) 379-2297

    info [at] tpa [dot] org [dot] nz (subject: Enquiry%20from%20Website)