Three bidders for Tauranga houses

The shortlist of possible buyers for Tauranga’s state houses is four, with the Government today requesting formal proposals to buy and manage state housing in Tauranga and Invercargill.

The Pact Group wants to buy the Invercargill houses, while Accessible Properties, Hapori Connect Tauranga and Kainga Community Housing Partners for Tauranga are all vying for the Tauranga houses.

The Government announced in January 2015 that it intended selling 1000 to 2000 Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies to registered Community Housing Providers.

The shortlisted respondents submitted high-quality Expressions of Interest for the 348 properties and tenancies in Invercargill and 1124 properties and tenancies in Tauranga, says Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English.

“These transactions are about tenants, ensuring they are being housed in properties that suit their needs and supporting those who are able to transition back into independence,” says Bill.

“I was particularly pleased at the number of EOI respondents with the capability, understanding and motivation to deliver a better service for tenants.”

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says the Government is changing the social housing system because it wants it to be aspirational instead of generational.

“We expect the community housing sector should work with financiers and asset managers to share expertise and figure out innovative new ways of providing housing for our most vulnerable. Those on the shortlist have been thinking creatively and seriously about how to do this,” says Paula.

The shortlisted will now proceed to the next stage in the procurement process, Request for Proposals, which will close May 30 for Invercargill and June seven for Tauranga.

The Government expects to announce the preferred bidder for each region in the third quarter of this year.

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says the Government is looking forward to receiving comprehensive proposals from the three Tauranga respondents.

“We are looking for social housing services providers with better approaches to supporting social housing tenants and managing properties,” says Todd.

“I thank all providers involved in this process for their interest – we share a commitment to the delivery of higher quality social housing for New Zealanders in need.

“The announcement of this shortlist is the next step in getting more and improved social housing here in the Bay of Plenty.

“We’re working with community groups, non-government agencies, and the private sector to solve some of New Zealand’s longstanding challenges,” says Todd.

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Self managing

Posted on 23-03-2016 22:30 | By Ron

The neat thing is that the community organisations will keep an eye on the tenants and recommedn better housing should they outgrow the hosues they are in. Just like the rest of us who move when all our kids leve the nest so should state house tenants. Except when in the past they could not move for fear of having nowhere to live now they will be able to move with that security. And that means a new family can move into the family sized home.

well if it is free

Posted on 23-03-2016 10:11 | By NotNat

Caveman has the right idea - A help UP not a lifetime of hand outs. People are getting too comfortable ripping off the hard working tax payer. Who struggles to secure a nice new modern rental themselves, yea working parents who are honest about their situation are ok to live in inadequate cold uninsulated homes at $400 a week but oh dear how could we do that to the needy...come on Kenworthlogger do you even hear yourself! I hope they are testing these properties for Methamphetamine before selling them off. This would be interesting.


Posted on 19-03-2016 21:21 | By The Caveman

The original idea was that state houses, were a HELP UP - not a CHEAP rental for life. Sorry, but why should a family get a state house (with cheap rent), send dad, mum, and the kids out to work, have a VERY good family income, and only report the "dad’s income for rental assessment purposes, and 10/15 years down the track, the family OWNS 3-4 houses that they rent out - via a family trust!!! And YES, I am aware of such circumstances.


Posted on 19-03-2016 15:31 | By Kenworthlogger

We do not live in a communist state. It is up to people to provide for them selves. However why would the govt keep old run down cold uninsulated inadequate housing when it can sell these off to build brand new modern houses? Which would you rather live in Colleen? Old cold unhealthy house or modern healthy house. I think we both know the answer to that one.....,,


Posted on 19-03-2016 09:48 | By Colleen Spiro

How is this positive.....who for? Todd or the State Housing tenants? or the proposed new owners....I think for no one...Social Housing should be the responsibility of the Govt. They need to be responsible for our most vulnerable, not experiment in Tauranga and Invercargil. They got good dividends off those homes, but did not put anything back into them..SHAME.

Well said

Posted on 18-03-2016 12:35 | By Towball

This is a positive outlook from Todd finially showing initiative . Last paragraph of this article carries volumes if they pull it off. Positive outcome for all concerned especially keeping it local for a change.

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