At the Community and Culture Committee meeting on Tuesday, 8 August, elected members will be presented with the findings from Tauranga City Council’s Elder Housing review, along with recommendations on which options to progress further.
Council has recently carried out a review of its Elder Housing portfolio, operations and future service delivery, ahead of the 2018–28 Long Term Plan. The Local Government Act requires Council to periodically review the way a number of services are provided.
The New Zealand Housing Foundation (NZHF), an independent charitable trust, was commissioned by Council to review its current Elder Housing portfolio and service delivery while taking into account future demand for Elder Housing in Tauranga. NZFH has provided a report on how this service can best be delivered in the future.
Alongside NZHF’s report, Council established a tenant advisory group and working group. A tenant from each of the nine Elder Housing villages in Tauranga made up the tenant advisory group, and provided valuable input on the current concerns and needs of our Elder Housing residents. Representatives from a range of community organisations, government agencies, technical experts and a representative from the tenant advisory group, formed the working group. The working group contributed through site visits, provision and consideration of data and specialist expertise, and discussion of the final NZHF report.
Councillor Terry Molloy, Chair of the Community and Culture Committee, says “Council’s aspiration is to provide a higher standard of living for all our residents, and this includes affordable, fit for purpose housing for our ageing population. We look forward to reading the full report and discussing the findings so we can decide the best option forward.”
A recommendation will be put forward to Council, and if approved, the working group will investigate the preferred options in depth and report back to the Committee in October in order meet the timeframes of the Long Term Plan 2018–2028.
Tauranga City Council’s General Manager Community Services, Philip King, says, “The needs of our tenants are our primary consideration. The broader benefit of the review is that tenant wellbeing is enhanced, with tenants no worse off than before and receiving the best possible service to meet their needs, now and in the future.”
Council has 246 Elder Housing units spread across nine villages in Greerton, Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Central.