The Salvation Army overall is supportive of this new approach to housing and urban development issues detailed in this Bill.
At the same time, there are specific aspects of this Bill that we seek further clarification on, or areas that we are somewhat concerned about. This includes Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities’ (KOHC) function as coordinating urban development projects which we submit needs further refining and safeguarding to ensure specific communities are not damaged by these kinds of projects. We also want to stress the importance of having capable and connected people on the Board of this new entity. These points are discussed further below.
This submission has been prepared by the Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit of The Salvation Army. This Unit works towards the eradication of poverty by advocating for policies and practices that strengthen the social framework of New Zealand. This submission has been approved by Commissioner Andrew Westrupp, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army’s New Zealand Fiji Tonga and Samoa Territory.