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Feature: Housing and Education


Snapshot Auckland 2017 has a special feature looking at how the high and rising cost of housing and living in Auckland is affecting education. 

Children in damp, mouldy homes or in hospital because of respiratory diseases are missing out on learning. Overcrowding and rising rents contribute to multiple moves by families in search of affordable homes.  In 2016, more than 1400 Auckland students transferred school twice or more in the school year. That’s the most recent data available, but with the worsening housing crisis we expect transience to rise further. Transient students are less than half as likely as their peers to achieve NCEA Level 2 or above.   

We hear a lot now about how Auckland is struggling to recruit and keep teachers because of high housing costs. But the snapshot shows Auckland’s teacher shortage was already clear back in 2015, and getting worse compared with elsewhere in the country.

However, it was only last year when we began to see Government action – in May with the Beginner Teacher Project, which was only small numbers. That was expanded in December as part of the broader Teacher Supply Package. We’re only now beginning to see a system-wide approach. It’s encouraging to see the Ministry is now contacting every principal in Auckland to get a better idea of the specific problems facing Auckland’s schools. We will look forward to seeing the actions that come from this survey.