A regional housing stocktake in October 2020 showed that the waitlist for public housing in Tairāwhiti had risen sharply and, on a per capita basis, the waitlist is the second-worst of all the
Housing has become increasingly unaffordable, with the median house price now nine times household incomes. Historically, home ownership falls when this ratio is over four times.
The housing supply has been unable to keep up with demand. There is an estimated shortage of over 400 homes – primarily one-bedroom and two-bedroom dwellings. Against this, new building consents have been well under 100 per year for the last eight years.
The Trust will continue to partner with Manaaki Tairāwhiti to deliver on recommendations in the Gisborne Housing Strategy.