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To support and enable development of housing within the Southland Murihiku region.

Visualisation of Matai Ridge subdivision, Gore


  • Housing is a complex issue, but at the heart of it is a fundamental belief that everyone should have shelter and a place to live.

  • Many are already working hard in this area to develop quality, suitable housing to encourage economic and social development in the region. A key focus will be on ensuring that this issue is looked at with a regional lens.

  • A Working Group will be established to drive the delivery of outcomes of this workstream. The Working Group will consist of the region’s four councils, the regional development agency Great South, mana whenua, the Southland Housing Action Forum (SHAF) housing champion and Community Trust South.

  • Other stakeholders will be involved and consulted during the process, including housing developers, builders, real estate agents and central government agencies amongst others.

Key Outcomes

  1. The ‘Southland Murihiku Housing Needs Assessment’ is developed which will provide accurate insights and data to support local & central government, mana whenua and the private sector to make informed evidence-based decisions.  This will include providing a stock take of housing supply as well as looking forward to future demand and sufficiency.

  2. Building on the Needs Assessment, a regional strategy is developed with recommendations on the future coordination of housing.  This will not only ensure a coordinated regional approach but will also provide clarity on various organisation’s roles and other issues relating to enabling the development of housing while also acknowledging all the work currently underway.

  3. Priority housing projects are identified and supported where possible and appropriate.

  4. An innovative pilot opportunity is developed which reflects diversity of thought around what housing solutions for the future might look like.

  5. Focus on lowering our emissions by having warm and insulated homes which are also better for our people.  This includes supporting the Southland Warm Homes Trust who have insulated 8,500 homes to date, and others already working hard in this space.  It also includes looking at achieving the Net Zero Southland target of floor and ceiling insulation plus double glazing in 80% of existing residential homes by 2050.


Connection with other Workstreams:

The principles of this workstream will strongly underpin the overall Beyond 2025 Southland plan with close alignment to the following workstreams: