95bFM’s intrepid newsteam has your 2020 Election coverage sorted. Exploring a different policy area across all parties each week, don't miss your best chance to stay informed on the issues that matter.
In the run in to the election, we decided to take a look into healthy homes. It is very well to call for healthy homes, but what actually makes a home healthy?
We heard that researchers from the University of Auckland were questioning the accuracy of some ‘green certified’ rating tools used by the building industry to measure the warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses, after independent research failed to verify their claims.
With that in mind we were joined by Rochelle Ade, one of the lead researchers behind the claim to find out more about healthy homes.
For 95bFM's election coverage this year, Jemima Huston speaks to Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere about the party's housing policy. They discus an Iwi Build policy, social housing, and increasing the building market.
In January of 2002, the cost of a house was four times greater than the median income. By the same month in 2020, the cost of a house sat at 9.8 times greater the median income. For The Wire’s week of analysis of housing policy this election, Mary-Margaret spoke to journalist and commentator Rod Oram. She asked about capital gains, and if our housing system benefits landlords over citizens. Firstly, she asks Rod about what led to this statistic, and where it puts Aotearoa in the OECD.
For 95bFM's Election Coverage this year, Bronwyn Wilde speaks to New Zealand First's Tracey Martin about housing policy. They discuss how immigration, seniors and families and children are affected by housing issues.
As part of our election coverage on housing, Bronwyn speaks to Greg Street, an Eco Design Advisor from the Hutt City Council about how we can make our houses more healthy, cheaper to heat and, as a result, more environmentally friendly. As well as talking about existing and potential government policy, the two pondered the question: why don't New Zealanders demand better?
Last week it was reported that the waitlist for public housing is up 50 percent on this time last year with 18,000 people currently registered. Jemima Huston speaks to Ronji Tanielu who is a lawyer and principal policy advisor for the Salvation Army about the increase in the public housing waitlist. They promises the current government made in terms of public housing and whether they’ve been met and what the Salvation Army hopes to see a new government do to combat Aotearoa's long waitlist for housing support.
As part of 95bfm's Election Coverage 2020, Hanna speaks to Manawatū Tenants' Union Coordinator Ben Schmidt for a pro-renter perspective on the amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, and what policies they would like to see from the next government.
For an opposing view, check out Hanna's interview with NZPIF!