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Christchurch Housing Forum Evaluation

CHRISTCHURCH HOUSING FORUM EVALUATION

If you are a member of the Christchurch Housing Forum, could you please take the time to complete the following survey evaluation.  We are wanting to know your views about the forum and what you would like to see next year as forum topics.

It will take a couple of minutes of your time, please feel free to be frank.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMRLQMS

What about our young people?
What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people!

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
Maori proverb

We are the protectors and nurturers of our next generation. It is our responsibility to ensure these children are fully geared up to live good, fruitful, safe lives.  The old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” has been largely forgotten as we go about our often insulated lives where we are careful who we let in. We only speak to those we choose to and we are missing out a whole sector of the community.

Do you really know what life is like for some young people today? We have children at school, eating properly, having their needs met, and they have a safe place to sleep at the end of the day. This should be the norm for all children and teenagers but sadly it’s not. There’s many reasons for this – disenfranchised families, children who have no role models, financial issues, health issues, abuse – the list can go on. But the crux of it is we are ignoring the very people who can make a difference in the future. How many times do you walk down the street and ignore anything you might find distasteful? Do you know how many children are living in the street or in a garage or in a car? Do you even think about this? Surely we have an obligation under the Human Rights Act to ensure all children have a safe roof over their heads. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) is an international human rights treaty that sets out the basic rights of children and the obligations of governments to fulfil them. New Zealand is a signatory to UNCROC and it is long past time for us to take a stand and get these rights enforced.  It’s an abdication of our duties as guardians of the future and it has to stop. We have to start caring again. Caring about where our children sleep at night. Caring about their education. Caring about their life which is so important and not something to be dismissed.

Youth housing is a hot topic and for very good reason. Young people who are without a home fight an endless battle of survival. It’s difficult for them to rent because often they are stereotyped as troublemakers. Accommodation is often geared to families but these kids were once, and still are, part of a family. Where do they go when the world seems to be so against them?

There are solutions, however, it is incumbent on all of us to identify how better to work together to get buy in for these solutions to be effective. Surely the cost is minor compared to where these kids might end up? How do we know what talent lies beneath? We know these are kids are smart, talented and worthy of a chance. They don’t deserve to be taken advantage of or left to survive on their own.  

We also do more damage to these children simply by doing nothing!!!

Solutions need to be to be found – a solutions based youth housing forum is going to be held on Wednesday 6th May 2015 – if you would like to be part of this forum or for more details contact Tenants Protection Association on (03) 379 2297 or projectsupport [at] tpa [dot] org [dot] nz .

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Consultation - CCC changing the way it provides social housing in the city
Consultation - Christchurch City Council is considering changing the way it provides social housing in Christchurch

Christchurch City Council is considering changing the way it provides social housing in its district.

You can access further information, including the full Statement of Proposal at www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

The Council wants to know what its City Housing tenants, stakeholders and the Christchurch community think about the proposal, with consultation open from 21 May, 2014, until Thursday, 26 June 2014. Anyone who is interested can make a written submission.

At its meeting on 27 February, 2014, the Council resolved to seek the community's views on the role of Christchurch City Council in the provision of social housing in its district.

A Statement of Proposal was adopted by the full Council on 12 May, 2014, and is now out for public consultation.

The objective of the Council's proposal for the provision of social housing in Christchurch & Banks Peninsula is to:

*       Have more flexibility in the future ownership, management and development of the Council's own social housing portfolio

*       Ensure that the portfolio has a financially viable and sustainable future

*       Maintain the capacity to provide the current number of social housing units in the Council's portfolio and to act as a catalyst for the provision of at least 1,000 additional units in the city.

 

Submissions

Submissions on the Council's proposals may be made to the Council from Wednesday, 21 May 2014, to no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, 26 June 2014.

Submissions may be sent either:

*       Through the Council's website: www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay
      * By email: housingsubmission [at] ccc [dot] govt [dot] nz<mailto:housingsubmission [at] ccc [dot] govt [dot] nz>, or
      * By completing the submission form, or any other written form, and posting to:

            Freepost 178 (no stamp required)
            Social Housing Proposal
            Christchurch City Council
            PO Box 73016
            Christchurch 8154

Any person who makes a submission will have the opportunity to be heard by the Council, but must make that request in their submission. The submitter's name, address and contact telephone number must be included on the first page. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Hearings will be held during July 2014. Submitters who have asked to be heard will be advised of the dates available.

We are legally required to make all written or electronic submissions available to the public and to Councillors, including the name and address of the submitter, subject to the provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. If you consider there to be compelling reasons why your contact details and/ or submission should be kept confidential, you should contact the Council's Hearings Team Leader, Megan Pearce, by phoning (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.

Copies of the consultation documents, including the Summary of Information and Statement of Proposal, are available:

*       Through the "Have Your Say" web page: www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay
      * At Council libraries and service centres
      * By phoning the Council on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169

If you would like further information on the Council's proposal, please email housing [at] ccc [dot] govt [dot] nz