Highlights from CHA-IMACT conference

With 300 people coming together at Te Papa for the IMPACT conference last week this was an amazing event. Thank you to all of you who took part and engaged with the content to make this the best conference yet. And a big thank you to all our sponsors, listed below, for helping to make this happen.

Highlights of the conference for us included the opening day plenary session with Girol Karacaoglu, David Rutherford and Hurimoana Nui Dennis. This very grounded and heartfelt session reminded us why we do what we do, the interconnection of wellbeing with areas including but not limited to housing, and housing as a human right and foundation of life.

The announcement by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to recycle unused office blocks into affordable housing focused media coverage, as did Alfred Ngaro’s address to the sector.

Wednesday night’s Housing Policy debate illustrated moments of congruence in the solutions across the political spectrum for New Zealand’s housing crisis, and their genuine desire to find solutions. Does this lay the way for a homes accord that reaches beyond Government to the rest of the country?

Mike Myers encouraged the sector to think of ourselves as the community housing industry stating that then we might be taken more seriously and together with Kaye Saville-Smith, provided some very practical insights. Mike Myers will be on Kim Hill’s Radio NZ show this Saturday 17 June.

The serene and wise words from Nan Roman on how the US had addressed homelessness reminded us that we all have a place in addressing housing need but that evidence and planning were key. She made many very practical and thoughtful observations in the workshops. Nan Roman talked to Radio NZ nights during the conference and you can listen to this here.