2012 Beacon Symposia

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Beacon’s 2012 symposia series had a serious purpose: to start a conversation about how to address New Zealand’s housing crisis.

Entitled ‘A Tale of Two Cities,‘ presentations and discussion focused on the housing issues faced by our two biggest cities:

  • Christchurch (and Canterbury) faces a post-earthquake repair and rebuild of unprecedented scale: 15-17,000 homes to be demolished; 110,000 homes to be repaired with 15,000 homes needing major repair in excess of $100,000.
  • Auckland needs 10,000 houses every year for the next two decades.  The city’s  400,000 existing homes are poor performers - cold, damp and adding to the population’s health problems

Beacon recognises that these challenges cannot be solved by any one organisation.  It needs cooperation, collaboration and pooling of ideas.  One of the goals of the symposia series was to stimulate discussion on potential interventions with the view of contributing to housing action plans in both cities.

The symposia were held in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.  Christchurch and Auckland focused on local issues and initiatives, together with Beacon projects underway in those areas. 

Christchurch participants voting on soapbox ideasEach symposium also included a panel discussion on possible policy responses to housing challenges.  Panel members contributed ‘soapbox’ ideas followed by discussion and other ideas from the floor. Participants then voted on the soapbox ideas they thought would be most useful.

The outcomes of each discussion, and the priorities assigned by the voting, have been summarised below.




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