Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Age Concern disturbed by Council decision


"The Auckland City Council's decision on the sale of pensioner housing will be of major impact to those people affected and is a disturbing and heartless one" states Garth Taylor Chief Executive of Age Concern New Zealand.

Should the proposed sale of pensioner housing proceed, Auckland City will be only the fourth local body (the three others are Chatham Islands, Rodney District and Upper Hutt) and the only major urban area to take this decision.

"Local bodies have a long history of being involved in the care and responsibility of their most vulnerable citizens with the provision of safe, accessible, low rental housing forming the cornerstone of this. Those older people who are solely reliant on New Zealand Superannuation need the security of a stable home to live in at an affordable rental. Until now this is what has been the norm for Auckland's older citizens" says Mr. Taylor.

"It is interesting to note that despite the low rental for Council housing units most are not subsidised by rates. Two thirds of councils reported in 1996 that their pensioner housing was self-funding - that is rental income covered all maintenance costs. However our largest city would have us believe it can no longer afford to continue with the provision of housing for its older citizens".

The Council states that their debt is to rise to $367 million in three years yet the sale of their airport shares with an estimated market value of $421 million more than covers this. "It is also interesting to note that much of the rising debt is due to the Britomart project. Therefore it would seem that the Auckland City Council regard it as more important to house their transportation than look after the needs of their older citizens," Mr Taylor says.

This decision is a major blow to the health and well being of lower income older New Zealanders, who will be disadvantaged by living north of the Bombay Hills!!


Age Concern is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation working to promote the well-being and quality of life of older people in New Zealand, since 1948.

For further information please contact: Garth Taylor, Chief Executive (wk) 0-4-471 2709 or (mobile) 025 243 6991


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels