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A City For People: We Want More Homes For All In Wellington – The Council Must Pass An Ambitious Spatial Plan



A City for People, with Generation Zero and Renters
United, have relaunched their campaign to support more
housing for all in Wellington.

The City Council faces
an upcoming vote on the Spatial Plan and the consultation on
the District Plan later in the year. Passing an ambitious
Spatial Plan that enables lots of homes to be built for all
is an important opportunity to put people first and make a
plan to share our city as it grows.

We have three
actions in the next month:

A petition
on ActionStation
that asks the Council to enable
more homes, and less blanket character protection.
These homes should be accessible, well-designed,
environmentally-friendly and built by all, including iwi
Māori.

A photo
competition
“Wellington’s Next Top
Mould-el”
where people send in photos of their
nastiest flats and wildest housing stories. The winner will
receive a prize of the current median weekly rent in
Wellington ($610 as of April 2021).

A panel
event
on Wednesday 16 June at 5:30pm
where we hear people’s experiences of the housing
crisis, especially those not centred in the
media.

“Wellington can be a city built for people
– with thriving communities, green spaces, and well
designed homes and buildings that improve everyone’s
lives”, said spokesperson Marko Garlick.

“But
Wellington’s housing crisis is hurting the people who live
here. Decades of inaction mean house prices and rents are
out of control, while badly maintained properties rot from
underneath us. People are being priced out of the city,
spending hours each day commuting while the city sprawls and
our emissions rise.”

“This crisis is different for
everyone. Migrants, the LGBTQI+ community, and Pacifica
& Māori are discriminated against in the rental market.
Disabled people have very little choice of accessible homes.
Everything is too expensive.”

“Last year, the
Council asked the public for feedback on its 30-year Spatial
Plan to make space for more housing. It didn’t go far
enough. The housing crisis needs serious long-term solutions
like drastically increasing the number of homes. So we told
them we needed more townhouses. More apartments. More homes
close to where people work, live, and play.”

“We
need to reduce the protections on colonial character houses
– many of these “character” houses are overcrowded,
falling apart, and making people sick. They push out the
real character: our young people, renters, and creatives who
make this city great.”

“An ambitious Spatial Plan
will deliver Wellingtonians affordable, quality homes in
communities where they can put their roots down and
thrive.”

Ngā mihi nui,

A City for
People
, Generation
Zero
, and Renters
United

We have come together to achieve a
long-term solution to our city’s housing
crisis.

Contact: 0221883628, or marko@generationzero.org.nz.

A
City for People is a non-partisan group of Wellingtonians
who share a progressive and sustainable vision for
Wellington’s built environment.

Generation
Zero is a youth-led climate action
organisation

Renters United is an advocacy
group for renters that campaigns to make renting better for
everyone.

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