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Big ideas to tackle the New Zealand housing crisis

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Big ideas to tackle the New Zealand housing crisis

Aotearoa is dealing with challenges when it comes to affordable housing, and while a host of solutions have been tried and tested to fix the problem, it is still occurring. But not all solutions are created equal. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting ideas to tackle the housing crisis, from both locally and abroad – including co-living, fake wood and living with people old enough to be your grandparents.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it. Here's a look at some organisations working to make a difference.

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a pop-up week called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at one of New Zealand's problems – poverty and inequality – and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle it. Here's how prefab building can help when it comes to issues of housing inequality.

Construction conundrums

What does off-site construction or prefab have in common with electricity or the Internet? Like most 'breakthrough technologies', the breakthrough can often take decades before it gets established and even longer before it shows an improvement in productivity, says Box CEO Dan Heyworth.