Council unveils retro home plan in bid to ease housing crisis

Infill housing, which has become commonplace in older Hamilton suburbs, presents its own problems, Russ Rimmington says.

Waikato Regional Council wants to loan moan to future proof homes.

It has unveiled a proposal in its 10-year plan which would see up to $35 million made available in loans to turn cold, damp houses into healthy homes.

The project would see the loans made available at a 4 per cent interest rate.

Regional Counicl cairman Russ Rimmington says the plan, “stolen” from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is not a silver bullet, but it is start.

The News takes a look at the plan and why Rimmington says it’s time for his council to “stop thinking about stop banks” and take steps to break the country’s housing crisis.

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