Affordable housing is not just an Aotearoa New Zealand problem. In a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, rapporteur Leilani Farhar writes:

“Virtually everywhere, homelessness – a gross violation of the right to housing
– is on the rise, including in affluent countries; forced evictions continue
unabated; without affordable and adequate housing options, increasing
numbers of individuals and families resort to living in informal settlements
without secure tenure or basic services (approximately 880 million in
urban centres); resource extraction is forcing indigenous peoples from
their lands; and housing in many cities is simply unaffordable even for the
middle class. What is perhaps most worrying is that none of these
conditions are treated as human rights issues.”

Citing Chile as an example of a country that takes home ownership seriously – resulting in
a 64% homeownership rate as of April 2017 – Farhar goes on to write:

“But with this success comes a paradox. Much of this housing, particularly
for poor and low-income households is of low quality and has been
provided on the outskirts of cities far from employment opportunities and
without decent transportation. This is related to the fact that the
government has relied on the private sector for housing provision, whose
primary aim is to maximize profits, not ensure the adequacy of housing.
The result has been social segregation of people who are poor which has
contributed to their marginalization and experiences of discrimination.”

Both the quantity and quality of housing has become an international problem, and with
the implementation of a building environment as outlined in this thesis, there is no reason
why Aotearoa New Zealand cannot become a major influence and supplier of both houses
and prefabrication technology, once it gets its own backyard in order.