five big ideas to tackle the new zealand hous­ing cri­sis

Co-liv­ing. Fake wood. Liv­ing with peo­ple old enough to be your grand­par­ents. These are just a few of that could help solve the New Zealand hous­ing cri­sis, but will they be


Aotearoa is deal­ing with chal­lenges when it comes to af­ford­able hous­ing, and while a host of so­lu­tions have been tried and tested to fix the prob­lem, it is still oc­cur­ring. But not all so­lu­tions are cre­ated equal, and per­haps Here’s a look at some of the more in­ter­est­ing ideas to tackle the hous­ing cri­sis, from both lo­cally and abroad.


The term may be new, but the idea isn’t: ten­ants live to­gether with shared com­mu­nal spa­ces, but pri­vate rooms. Such an idea may bring to mind uni­ver­sity dorms (and all the shenani­gans therein), but it’s gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity – es­pe­cially among mil­len­ni­als – world­wide, in­clud­ing in New Zealand.

Mary Jaynes and Rory Sul­li­van – who met in a co­l­iv­ing sit­u­a­tion them­selves – are the pair be­hind Co-Live Queen­stown. As Jaynes told Idea­log, co-liv­ing is “at­trac­tive for Ki­wis who still want to live in a shared liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, but no longer want the has­sles of tra­di­tional flat­ting.”

She goes on to ex­plain the idea is pop­u­lar not only be­cause it of­fers a more af­ford­able op­tion for peo­ple who may have re­cently moved, or are only go­ing to be around for a short time (such as peo­ple on work­ing hol­i­days) but be­cause it of­fers an easy way to meet new peo­ple.

“We of­ten have ten­ants come to us af­ter be­ing in town for a few months, strug­gling to find friends. They hear about our con­cept and are happy to wait a few weeks to a month just to live in one of our houses. We of­ten hear ten­ants talk­ing about their flat­mates as their fam­ily.”

Other places in the world where co-liv­ing is grow­ing in­clude Chicago, New York and Ber­lin, where rents can range from about $1,400 per month to more than $2,500 per month.

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