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.