Story: Housing and government

Napier Group Building Scheme

In the early 1950s the government set up the Group Building Scheme to encourage the construction of new suburban homes. It took the risk out of speculative building by promising to buy unsold homes from the companies registered in the scheme. Many builders signed up. The scheme was also popular with house buyers. House plans were approved by the government, making it easier to secure loan finance, and buyers were reassured that their home was built by a reputable builder. This clip shows a Group Building Scheme in Napier.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 28. National Film Unit, 1954

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - A property-owning democracy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/32447/napier-group-building-scheme (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012