Affordable Housing - Making it Happen

Affordable Housing - Making it Happen

Affordable housing CM2

NOTE: This webinar was sponsored by LGNZ and is offered free of charge. Originally aired on 9 October 2018, this webinar is offered on-demand on our EquiPTV platform.

Please email the EquiP team to gain access to the 'Affordable Housing - Making it Happen' Development Space, where you'll find video-on-demand, audio-on-demand, video segments, PowerPoints, PDFs and other media and links to support your council achieve excellence in performance. 

LGNZ is working with central government, iwi and stakeholders to create a regulatory and investment framework for the housing market that is competitive, provides affordable ownership and renting options, and meets high quality standards.   This programme is titled Housing 2030.


Share information and advice on policies and mechanisms councils can use to strengthen the community housing sector, and to guide the development sector to deliver affordable housing.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • define and understand what affordable housing is, what it is not, and how it is different from other types of housing;
  • identify policy and regulatory barriers and pathways to facilitate the planning and development of affordable housing; and
  • identify the needed tools and resources to create and implement affordable housing.

Recommended audience

This webinar is suitable for council members, council staff and stakeholders in the provision of affordable housing.

About the presenters

Chris Glaudel – Deputy Director, Community Housing Aotearoa

Chris brings over 20 years of experience in community development with core skills in housing finance, housing development, asset management, and policy. He has overseen the development of more than 1,500 affordable ownership and rental homes in central California. He was also responsible for the asset management of 115 properties throughout California with over 5,000 units, all serving low-income households. A particular emphasis of his housing work has been with social service organisations to provide housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness and/or serious mental illness. Chris relocated to Wellington with his family in January 2012 and joined CHA in November 2013.

Paul Cottam - Principal Advisor Social Policy, Christchurch City Council

Paul has worked in strategic policy for over ten years at the Christchurch City Council, with a strong focus on housing. He led the development of Council's Social Housing Strategy and its more recent Housing Policy.  Current projects include developing the Council's shared equity affordable home ownership scheme, jointly funded by Council and the Government.

Tom Simonson – Principal Regulatory Advisor, Local Government New Zealand

Tom’s focus at LGNZ has been broad and he has written and/or researched on a myriad of local government issues, including funding and financing, roading and transport, economic development, housing, and climate change.

Tom has spent a considerable part of his career in large-scale urban planning developments in California and in the Washington DC area. Prior to working at LGNZ, he consulted with the US Federal Government, assigned to infrastructure and construction projects.  He is well versed in data-driven projects and project management.

Tom has worked at LGNZ since mid-2014 and holds a Master of Arts in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as well as a Master of Science in Housing from the London School of Economics.

Useful links

The Role of Local Government in the Provision of Housing

Local Government Housing Stock Profile

Christchurch City Council - Housing Policy


Rethinking Local Affordable Housing Strategies:  Lessons from 70 Years of Policy and Practice

Housing affordability, urban planning, and Auckland's special housing areas

Land costs and affordability.

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