Working group formed to tackle Auckland housing crisis

An Auckland housing crisis working group has been formed to find a solution to the city’s massive shortage, following five years of working in silos.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford, Auckland Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore and an array of industry, NGO and iwi chief executives met last night to form the group.

The working group is the brainchild of housing strategist Leonie Freeman who has been trying to get parties with a stake in the city’s housing crisis around the same table at the same time for more than 18 months.

In 2016, Ms Freeman – who is a former senior executive at Housing New Zealand – set up thehomepage.co.nz, a philanthropic initiative aiming to solve the housing crisis.

She said the National government and Auckland Council snubbed her attempt at a housing summit.

But last night things were different and it was standing room only at her Housing Collective Action Forum.

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