Affordable housing in Raglan – we want to hear what you think

Our local Whaingaroa Raglan Affordable Housing Project – aka WRAP – invites you to participate in our first round of community consultation about future affordable housing development for Raglan.

Come along to the forum at the Town Hall at any time during the day on Sunday the 3rd of November and contribute your thoughts, aspirations, and experiences about housing.

How do you want to live in Raglan in the future? What sort of housing should we be delivering to support everyone into warm, dry, secure, homes that we can all afford including those with limited or no income. How do your children see themselves living in Raglan in the future?

WRAP received funding from WEL Energy Trust in June this year for this community consultation phase, as continuation funding after completing our goals in 2018 to report on the costs of housing, and the effect the cost and limited access to housing is having on our community.  Two reports resulted from that work; search for the Raglan Housing Study on the Waikato District Council website.

On Sunday the 3rd of November, we will create a space where, in five broad themes we will have a chance to discuss and debate issues that will inform any future affordable housing projects in Raglan. The objective is collect input, as widely as possible from anyone who is interested in or affected by the issues of access and cost of housing in Raglan.

WRAP have sought out speakers from our local community and experts in design, planning, consenting and construction to provide panels that will be informative and will also help us to shape our own thinking about housing. Each of the sessions will have about 20 minutes for the combined panellists to explain their backgrounds, then the remaining 40 minutes for discussion and collation of ideas.

In the final discussion forum for the day we will be considering how our needs will change in the future, connecting up thinking around climate change, asking our young people how they would like to live, what older generations might need, how do those in between who have young families manage to establish homes independently and how do we cater for those in need of emergency housing.

The WRAP team will collate all of the outputs from the hui for inclusion in future designs and plans for affordable housing projects in Raglan in line with our community plan Raglan Naturally.

So come along to the town hall and have your say – entry is free, stay all day, pop in for a particular themed discussion or just dash in, jot your ideas down on the ideas boards and rush on with your day.

If you have any questions or would like to contribute, ring WRAP Project Lead Fiona McNabb on 027 688 9754.