Medium density and community housing

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In March the first ever Housing Matters event in Auckland considered what good practice medium density looks like from a community housing perspective. 

Three speakers covered ‘What makes for good medium density?‘

  • Kate Bryson from BRANZ talked about recent BRANZ work scoping and defining the context for medium   density housing in New Zealand.
  • Verney Ryan from Beacon Pathway outlined learnings from   recent study tours and presented the recently developed medium density assessment tool.
  • Lisa Mein and Sarah Collins discussed the lessons they had learned from recent developments

Session 2 was a facilitated panel discussion on ‘Exploring tools for success’, which was facilitated by Hope Simonsen (Emerge Aotearoa).  The panelists were

  • Jade Kake (Te Matapihi)
  • Anahera Rawiri (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited)
  • Bernadette Pinnell (Compass Housing Services)
  • Peter Jeffries (CORT Housing)

The conversation ranged over how to turn missed opportunities (affordable housing above public buildings) into realised opportunities, the range of typologies in medium density, the wider context of community (capacity, balance, infrastructure and service), the role of local government (some councils have waived development contributions for community housing providers), and how to get money/equity in the long term.

One thing was clear: community housing providers are in it for the long-term - they are not just designers and developers but managers of housing with long-term commitment to the local community