Releases

Social Housing
Fri 29 Jul 2016
The Government is investing $9 million over two years in the next steps of its programme to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders’ housing needs, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. This flexible fund will assist community organisations to work with around 2,000 individuals and families, to help the homeless and people having difficulty holding onto their tenancies, and to support them into housing independence. “The evidence is clear that simply finding a bed for the homeless isn’t enough,” Mrs Bennett says.
Social Housing
Fri 29 Jul 2016
The Government is investing $9 million over two years in the next steps of its programme to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders’ housing needs, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. This flexible fund will assist community organisations to work with around 2,000 individuals and families, to help the homeless and people having difficulty holding onto their tenancies, and to support them into housing independence. “The evidence is clear that simply finding a bed for the homeless isn’t enough,” Mrs Bennett says.
Social Housing
Thu 28 Jul 2016
Grants to help people in or waiting for social housing with the costs of moving from Auckland are off to a good start and are already making a difference, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. Assistance has been approved for a further 10 applicants, supporting 20 people, pending confirmed moving dates and verification of costs.
Social Housing
Thu 28 Jul 2016
Grants to help people in or waiting for social housing with the costs of moving from Auckland are off to a good start and are already making a difference, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. Assistance has been approved for a further 10 applicants, supporting 20 people, pending confirmed moving dates and verification of costs.
Tourism
Thu 28 Jul 2016
The latest monthly Regional Tourism Estimates show a strong start to the winter season with every region experiencing increased expenditure compared to last year, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. Otago led the way with $3.2 billion in spending by domestic and international visitors, an 11 per cent increase on June 2015. Nelson increased 10 per cent to $299 million, followed by Auckland with an eight per cent increase to $6.7 billion. ...
Tourism
Thu 28 Jul 2016
The latest monthly Regional Tourism Estimates show a strong start to the winter season with every region experiencing increased expenditure compared to last year, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. Otago led the way with $3.2 billion in spending by domestic and international visitors, an 11 per cent increase on June 2015. Nelson increased 10 per cent to $299 million, followed by Auckland with an eight per cent increase to $6.7 billion. ...
Social Housing
Fri 22 Jul 2016
The latest social housing register shows that the Government is working with vulnerable people to support their housing needs, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. Nationwide, applications on the housing register increased by 328 to 3,877 from the March to June 2016 quarter. The transfer register, or people already housed but wishing to move, increased by 99 to 1,135. Over the same period, the Auckland register increased by 24 applications.   ...
Social Housing
Fri 22 Jul 2016
The latest social housing register shows that the Government is working with vulnerable people to support their housing needs, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. Nationwide, applications on the housing register increased by 328 to 3,877 from the March to June 2016 quarter. The transfer register, or people already housed but wishing to move, increased by 99 to 1,135. Over the same period, the Auckland register increased by 24 applications.   ...
Social Housing
Tue 12 Jul 2016
The Government is moving ahead with plans to build modular social housing as a part of its comprehensive plan to increase the housing supply and house more vulnerable New Zealanders, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. Most of the homes will be one or two bedrooms and, while the supplier has not yet been chosen, the properties will be modern and comfortable. If density rules permit, the sites could support between 100 and 140 houses in total. ...
Social Housing
Tue 12 Jul 2016
The Government is moving ahead with plans to build modular social housing as a part of its comprehensive plan to increase the housing supply and house more vulnerable New Zealanders, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. Most of the homes will be one or two bedrooms and, while the supplier has not yet been chosen, the properties will be modern and comfortable. If density rules permit, the sites could support between 100 and 140 houses in total. ...
Tourism
Fri 8 Jul 2016
Regions are continuing to benefit from the tourism sector’s focus on attracting more visitors outside peak periods, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released today show most regions showed growth in tourism expenditure over the year to May 2016. The fastest growing region was Otago, which increased ten per cent over the year to $3.2 billion, followed by Nelson (up nine per cent to $295 million) and Auckland (up eight per cent to $6.7 billion).
Tourism
Fri 8 Jul 2016
Regions are continuing to benefit from the tourism sector’s focus on attracting more visitors outside peak periods, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released today show most regions showed growth in tourism expenditure over the year to May 2016. The fastest growing region was Otago, which increased ten per cent over the year to $3.2 billion, followed by Nelson (up nine per cent to $295 million) and Auckland (up eight per cent to $6.7 billion).