From one-bedroom flats to two-bedroom studios, the housing shortage in New Zealand is still a major issue for many.
But one Auckland high school has set itself the challenge of educating all of its pupils in a way that minimises the need for students to rent.
The Auckland Central High School (ACHS) has launched a new initiative, where students can rent their homes, and the aim is to encourage students to get the best of both worlds by ensuring they have the ability to live independently.
“There is no housing for us,” said one student.
“We have no home, we have no place to live.
It’s very hard to move in here.”
“I think it’s a good idea for schools, but I think it needs to be more like a national model.” “
The students have been working with a local developer to make the new home available to them. “
I think it’s a good idea for schools, but I think it needs to be more like a national model.”
The students have been working with a local developer to make the new home available to them.
“If you’re from the Auckland North West, you know that the school is a bit on the fringes, and there’s quite a few people from Auckland North who don’t get to attend school.”
But they’re very good people, they’re really nice people, and they’ve got a lot of ideas about what they want and what they’re doing.
So they’ve come up with a really great idea to give us this home and we can rent it out to as many students as we can.
“And we have a big space for them to get settled in and they are really passionate about it.”
This new home will be a new option for students who have a short-term need, or need to live somewhere close to school, but can’t afford the cost of a home in Auckland.
In an effort to help students who are on a tight budget, the school has also offered to rent the school’s main gymnasium.
The new home is also available to those who are not able to afford to live in the Auckland Central high school.
“As long as we get students that are in the area, then it makes sense to have the space for that, but we’re also not just making a space for students that come here, but for students and teachers from all over the city,” said ACHS principal, Julie Kavanagh.
“This is the way to get students to know us and see what we have to offer, so that we can offer them something they want.”
The school will be accepting applications for the new building by January.
The students will need to prove they can afford to rent this home, and have the skills and experience to take over from the students in the school.
This is the first time that ACHS has been able to offer this kind of housing.
“The principal has been really keen to work with us on this,” said Kavanah.
They’ve got really nice ideas about how they want the school to operate, how they’d like to have a school with a small amount of students in it, and how we would like to be able to make that happen.”