Housing crisis: Let nature guide us
How can we get more Kiwis into homes?
The housing crisis in New Zealand is a symptom of a system that has lost its way. It will only get worse until the essential cause, or causes, of the problem are addressed.
The main cause is that a minority of people in positions of power do not want to see radical change because they are doing very well out of the way things are. This leads to a type of political slavery that leads to the many social and economic problems that are prevalent at this time.
Society has become habitually small-minded and fearful of any imaginative ideas that will break the mould and provide a solution.
The truth is that the solution to the lack of housing is staring us right in the face. It is in nature.
The birds in my garden do not apply to me or the local council for a resource consent to build a nest, they just do it and they use whatever is available to build it.
They are so tuned in to the local eco-system and to their own innate ability to create that they seldom, if ever, fail to get the job done and provide for the next generation.
I suggest that this is something that we have lost. By distancing ourselves from our eco-system and creating a work ethic that is out of touch with our natural ability to create and provide, we have allowed ourselves to lose that most basic of instincts, the creation of shelter.
There are some people, including myself, who at some time in their lives have listened to that instinctual call and built a dwelling without going to a bank and asking for a loan, or even needing a lot of money, but have had to break the rules in doing so.
Living in such a dwelling is where the greatest of satisfaction and achievement can be found, so my solution to the housing crisis is as follows:
1) Abandon all resource consent procedures, but provide a detailed database of building recommendations. Building inspectors would all lose their jobs and also have the opportunity to build their own houses from the ground up without regulations.
2) Make land ownership a birth right and freely available to each New Zealander. Good quality land, New Zealand has plenty of excellent possibilities.
3) Encourage self sustainability for households with power, water, food, waste, etc.
4) Encourage 'creative building' using the imagination as the main tool and local or imported materials to build with.
I'm sure you get the idea and I'm also sure there will have to be changes elsewhere in the system to accommodate this way of thinking and doing things, but fundamentally it is about taking control, being empowered and using and doing what is natural to us.
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