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How we got started

The Whaingaroa Raglan Affordable Housing Project came into being in 2017 when a small group of concerned community leaders came together to air their concerns about the impacts of ever rising house prices in Raglan.

The Raglan Community House manager Mike Rarere, was observing an increasing number of visitors to the centre expressing stress about the cost of housing and short term rental contracts that saw tenants being moved out of their homes just before Christmas as landlords took advantage of short term, high income rental opportunities over the busy summer season.

In some cases families were resorting to living in cars, tents and other poor quality options in order to make ends meet. Business owners were struggling to find accommodation for staff, especially over the summer, the school roll was dropping and it was apparent that there was a trend towards those on lower incomes being forced to leave town to find more affordable housing elsewhere.

Earlier efforts to secure affordable housing had been initiated as far back as 2000 when other committed community members had produced reliable research predicting this trend of rising prices and gentrification impacting on the diversity and economic viability of the town.

The WRAP team realised that it would be necessary to engage district, regional and central
government agencies as well as enlist the support of investors, philanthropists and registered
community housing providers if Raglan was to be successful in building affordable neighbourhoods.

The formation in May 2020 of the Waikato Community Lands Trust now provides a mechanism for land purchased or gifted, to be reserved in perpetuity for the community of Raglan to build homes that could be sold using supported financial arrangements to those in need. Land would remain in
community ownership with home owners paying a small leasehold to contribute to the ongoing
work of WRAPl

Timeline

Below you can see the WRAP timeline  and if you scroll down you can see a detailed view of each milstone.

Timeline - extended

October 17, 2017
Community leaders raise concern about housing affordability (Raglan Community House, Raglan Chamber of Commerce, Raglan Community Board, Tourism and Destination Management Organisation, Lisa Thomson Raglan Ward Counsellor.
Expression of Interest submitted by Raglan Community House to Vital Impact (Housing) grant for 2018
October 17, 2017
December 17, 2017
$1,500 grant announced WEL Energy Trust to support writing of application for Vital Impact (Housing) grant 2018
Grant application submitted 9th February 2018
December 17, 2017
May 2018
WEL Energy Trust grant $40,000 for research into state of housing affordability in Raglan received.
Project Lead appointed.
May 2018
July 2018
Notification to Waikato District Plan Review of intention to make submission
July 2018
August 2018
Raglan Housing Study 2018 completed.
August 2018
September 2018
Raglan householder survey completed– assessing housing stress related to access and affordability.
Waikato District Plan Review research
September 2018
October 2018
Waikato District Plan Review planning staff meetings
Waikato District Plan Review submissions lodged.
October 2018
November 3, 2018
Community housing forum.
Presentation of results of research for 2018
November 3, 2018
November 22, 2018
Householder survey final report completed. Professor Chris Ryan Waikato University
District Plan Review submissions acknowledged
November 22, 2018
March 2019
WEL Energy Trust Community Support Grant application for community consultation to define community preference for model of future affordable housing
March 2019
September - October 2019
Preparation for District Plan Review hearings
September - October 2019
November 3, 2019
Conversations About Housing Community housing forum
November 3, 2019
November 11, 2019
District Plan Review hearing appearance 3: Strategic Objectives
Expression of Interest lodged for Waikato Community Lands Trust Board trustee appointment
November 11, 2019
December 9, 2019
District Plan Review hearing appearance 5: Definitions
December 9, 2019
January 2020
WEL Energy Trust Vital Impact grant application lodged for feasibility study to identify land and finance for affordable housing development
Initial meeting with landowner Wainui Rd re affordable housing options
January 2020
February 2020
3rd Feb Meeting with Darryn Toy Regional/North Island manager Kainga Ora
5th Feb WEL Energy Trust VI grant participatory meeting – 5 short-listed applicants
17th Feb District Plan Review hearing appearance 9: Business and Business Town Centre
February 2020
March 24, 2020
WRAP Project Lead appointed as committee member Waikato Region Housing Initiative project group – weekly group meetings
Project 1 discussions with land owners begin
March 24, 2020
April 2020
WEL Energy Trust grant received $30,000
April 2020
May 2020
WRAP Project Lead appointed to Waikato Community Lands Trust – fortnightly committee meetings
Paua Architects site visit Project 1 + quote for phase 1 concept work received
May 2020
June 2020
Project 1 proposal - 19th June Meeting with Waikato District Council managers for consenting, planning and engineering to discuss Project 1 proposal. Attended with Paua Architects + Louise Feathers
June 2020
July 2020
DV Bryant Trust partnership discussions begin
Project 2 discussions with land owner begin
Project 3 discussions with land owner begin
July 2020
August 2020
3rd Aug. Meeting with Kainga Ora acting regional manager + Waikato/BOP Asset Manager + review of lands for projects 1 – 3
August 2020
September 2020
Strategic planning workshops – Waikato Community Lands Trust x 2
September 2020
October 2020
Momentum partnership discussions begin
Tiny House conference 2020 stand – education + networking
WRAP website development
October 2020
November 2020
Continue discussions with funders: Momentum, DV Bryant, WEL Energy Trust
Comms – Local Rag article + call-out to local investors/philanthropists/potential partners
Discussions with WCLT + finance re development of Raglan impact investment fund + micro-homes financing product
Project 1 green light + launch concept design phase?
Contact James Shaw re WRAP housing initiative follow-up
Pursue Kainga Ora discussions via Waikato Region Housing Initiative + Habitat for Humanity
November 2020
Decemberr 2020
Continue funding investigations/talks​
Decemberr 2020