Tag: Community

Council Seeks a Community Housing Partner

Council is second largest provider of such housing behind Central Government

From Auckland Council

Council seeks community housing partner

A partnership with a community housing provider could offer long-term security to existing tenants, improved services and a significant increase in the number of homes in Auckland Council’s social housing portfolio.

The Auckland Development Committee has agreed to engage with the Community Housing sector to explore a partnership model for providing accommodation for older people. Through securing a partner, Auckland Council could gain access to the Government IRRS (Income Related Rent Subsidy) which is estimated at $38 million over 10 years.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says “A review of council’s housing portfolio has identified some opportunities for redevelopment that could potentially increase the amount of housing, including social housing that we can provide.

“We are committed to providing safe and secure housing for older people. By gaining a community housing partner we can explore how we develop our portfolio and extend services to tenants. Finding a partner and potentially securing Government funding means we can develop our social housing at no extra cost to Auckland ratepayers.”

Auckland Council owns 1412 Housing for Older People (HfOP) rental units and facilitates ownership of an additional 150 units known as own-your-own units. The housing portfolio covers 62 sites over 26 hectares spread across the city.

 

Further Information

  • Auckland Council is the second largest provider of social housing in the region, after Housing New Zealand.
  • Two substantive criteria to select a community housing partner are the ability of the partner to access the IRRS by being a registered Community Housing Provider and having the necessary experience in the provision of social housing, including tenancy and assets management.

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Rainbow Panel Members Sought

Panel Member Applications Now Open

From Auckland Council:

Applications open for Rainbow Communities’ Advisory Panel

 

Auckland Council is inviting applications for positions for the first term of the Rainbow Communities’ Advisory Panel.

The purpose of the advisory panel is to provide strategic advice on issues of significance and help the council engage effectively with Auckland’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities and stakeholders.

Councillor Cathy Casey, who will be the liaison councillor for the panel, said a Rainbow Communities’ Advisory Panel was overdue. “It’s important this part of the community feels engaged and well represented. We want to make sure we have a very colourful Rainbow panel.”

She added: “It is interesting our initiative in establishing the panel coincides with the Lonely Planet’s new guide, Guide to Pride, which rates Auckland among the world’s most gay-friendly cities.”

Applicants, who must be permanent New Zealand residents and live in Auckland, will be assessed on how they demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Ability to think strategically and critically on issues and trends specific to their area of interest
  2. Knowledge of the main issues for Rainbow communities, as well expertise in one or more issues of particular relevance/significance for those communities
  3. Sound understanding of community perspectives, dynamics, key organisations and networks
  4. Experience of a governance and advisory role.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a selection panel comprising Councillor Casey, a senior council manager, and three members of the community with appropriate expertise.

Applications are open from 9 June 2015 to 24 June 2015.

Application forms are available online from www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/advisorypanels and from council libraries and customer service centres.

Completed forms should be emailed to ACadvisorypanels@madison.co.nz or posted to Madison Recruitment Ltd, PO Box 105 675, Auckland 1143.

The appointed panel will comprise 10-13 members who will be paid a meeting fee of $250 (less withholding tax). The panel will meet six weekly.

For further information on the role of advisory panels visit the council website or call 09 3010101 (from 9 June).

Note:

  • Rainbow communities is a term that covers the diversity of sexual orientations and gender/sex identities. It is inclusive of, but not exclusive to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Takataapui, Whakawahine, Vakasalewalewa, Fakaleiti, Tangata Ira Tane, Tongzhu, Mahu, Palopa, Fa’afafine, Akavaine, Fakafifine, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Genderqueer, Pansexual, and Genderfluid.

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Devonport Library Smashes – Records

New Library does very well

From Auckland Council:

Devonport Library smashes records in first three months

 Three months in and Devonport’s new library is smashing records for visitor numbers, WiFi use and new memberships.

Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua, the new Devonport Library, has drawn a record number of visitors, with 93,369 visits between February and April this year. There were 27,289[1] visitors during the same months in 2014, and 45,514 during that period in 2013.

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chair Joseph Bergin says the community has embraced its new library and the positive feedback has been overwhelming.

“The number of people signing up for library cards has surged, with 532 people registering in the last three months,” he says.

In 2014, there were only 64 new memberships during this period, and 153 in the same period during 2013.

WiFi sessions have increased by 1004 percent, from 1,338 in February to April 2014 to 14,773 since the new library opened.

Auckland Libraries and Information General Manager Allison Dobbie says “We are thrilled that Devonport’s fantastic new library is being enjoyed by so many people.

“The building responds to changes in customer expectations of self service, digital and e-book delivery, and space to meet, relax and think.”

The brand new building on 2 Victoria Road was opened on 2 February with a dawn blessing lead by mana whenua. A civic opening celebration was held on 26 February.

With high ceilings and a mezzanine floor area, the library has 950m2 of floor space, but sits within the same footprint as the former library on Windsor Reserve.

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Job well done there 😀