Homes for Generations

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The most recent news and information.

9 April 2024

New Research Monograph

The Experience of Homemaking in Unaffordable and Precarious Housing   Housing is the platform on which people build their lives. In The Experience of Homemaking in Unaffordable and Precarious Housing (Barrett, P., Cram, F. & James, B. (eds), 2024), 10 housing researchers from the Affordable Housing for Generations programme share experiences from different groups of […]


22 August 2023

Dr Bev James invited keynote speaker, ASEM Forum, July 2023

  Bev was invited to be a keynote speaker at the July 2023 ASEM Forum on Human Rights of Older Persons: Present and Future – Ageing in Place. The following presentation and article were done at the invitation of the ASEM Global Ageing Center, an international human-rights hub based in Seoul, Korea, that promotes and […]


10 November 2022

Dr Bev James talks to Midday Report’s Jimmy Ellingham

AHFG researcher Dr Bev James talks to Jimmy Ellingham for Midday Report on what more can be done to increase housing supply, but warns there is no quick fix. Listen via the link below: Midday Report interview


1 November 2022

Launch of ‘Reflections on Kaumātua, Pakeke and Seniors Housing’ publication

Launched 2nd of November at the Moa Crescent Kaumātua village in Kirikiriroa this book is an information resource to promote better housing for our ageing population. It presents research exploring why changes are needed to our housing system, looks at some imaginative opportunities and shares the housing experiences and aspirations of kaumātua, pakeke and seniors. […]


18 June 2022

Unaffordable rents for pensioners

AHFG researchers Dr Bev James and Dr Kay Saville-Smith submitted evidence from their research to Marlborough District Councils long-term plan hearings recommending rents on pensioner housing be capped. See stuff article here


4 October 2021

North and South article – The Great Divide

In a single generation New Zealand has transformed itself from a home-owning democracy into a society fractured by property wealth — between those who have it, and those who do not. How did it happen and what is it doing to us? Researcher Kay Saville-Smith talks to Rebecca Macfie about the evidence from her BBHTC […]


1 September 2021

The Panel interview

AHFG research co-leader Dr Kay Saville-Smith talks to The Panel about Seniors Housing Security. link


1 January 2021

Housing in New Zealand

Scott Figenshow and Kay Saville-Smith detail the housing policy impacts of successive governments over the first two decades of the 21st Century, and comment on current and future issues policy makers may have to contend with in their housing chapter in Hassall, G. and Karacaoglu (eds) 2020, Social Policy Practice and Processes in Aotearoa New […]


30 November 2020

AHFG Team member recent publications

Dr Kay Saville-Smith has recently had a chapter published, ‘From Vicious to virtuous: repositioning New Zealand’s housing to sustain better later lives’ In Judd B., Tanoue K., and Liu E., (eds) Ageing in Place: Design, Planning and Policy Response in the Western Asia-Pacific Region. More information on the book is available here. Dr Bev James […]


30 September 2020

Webinar Presentation to NZIA

In September Dr Kay Saville-Smith, Co-leader for AHFG gave a webinar on ‘Navigating the Housing System’ as part of the NZIA 2020 Webinar Series. You can watch the webinar here.


19 September 2020

Stuff Article – Close to Home: Could second dwellings be a solution to the housing supply crisis?

Citing the CRESA report for BBHTC on Ancillary Dwelling Units, reporter Tim Newman writes on some current issues for those wanting to subdivide in Nelson, as the local council prepares to release it’s Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan next month. Link to full article here.


Why we need social housing more than ever – Stuff article

As part of their Close to Home series on housing issues, Samantha Gee reports on the growing demand for social housing and talks to Dr Kay Saville-Smith about changes in the housing system. You can read the full article here.


6 September 2020

Housing Studies Journal article on Tenure Insecurity published.

A new article featuring work from three of the AHFG team published on-line September 2020, journal due December 2020. James, B., Bates, L, Coleman, T., Kearns, R., and Cram F. (2020) Tenure Insecurity, precarious housing and hidden homelessness among older renters in NZ. Read the abstract here.


31 August 2020

Stuff article on renting in retirement

Dr Kay Saville-Smith comments on the challenges we face as homeownership becomes increasingly unattainable for many New Zealanders and the number of people renting into retirement, often in poor quality or unsuitable dwellings, increase. This issue is evident not just in Nelson but increasingly a problem in urban areas nationwide. Link to full article here.


30 June 2020

New Research Bulletins published

On the publications page you’ll find recent Research Bulletins from AHFG research team members, Michael Rehm and Yang Yang – writing on Housing Speculation in Auckland, and Dr Bev James looking at Older People’s Housing experiences during Covid-19, and the use of housing as the base for care and support.


8 May 2020

Radio Interview with Dr Kay Saville-Smith

AHFG team co-leader Dr Kay Saville-Smith spoke to Mani Dunlop on RNZ Midday Report about the finding in the team’s recent research bulletin that some essential workers are living in overcrowed homes – putting housemates and whanau at additional risk.


4 May 2020

Research Bulletin on Essential workers

A BBHTC Research Bulletin from Affordable Housing for Generations researchers Dr Kay Saville-Smith and Ian Mitchell, exploring housing affordability, crowding and tenure for essential workers working under Covid-19 lockdown levels 3 & 4 has been added to the BBHTC website and is available for download now.


30 March 2020

Journal article available

The proportion of older Māori (55+ years) living in rental accommodation is set to rise as home ownership continues to become less attainable. Fiona Cram and Morehu Muroe detail findings from interviews with older Maori renters living the Hawkes Bay. The full article is available now for download from AlterNative with an asbtract available here.


12 March 2020

Advisory Groups Established – March 2020

Two advisory groups have been established to provide expert advice to the Affordable Housing for Generations research programme – a research advisers group and a research practitioners group. A list of the current advisory group members can be found here.