Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

BBQ Idea A Gimmick - Should Not Distract Tenants

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Monday 17 January 2000

BBQ IDEA A GIMMICK THAT SHOULD NOT DISTRACT TENANTS FROM LOWER RENT PROMISE

The new Housing Minister’s proposal to give state house tenants a barbecue for ‘good behaviour’ is a gimmicky solution to a longstanding problem.

“It should not distract attention from that fact that Labour is breaking its solemn commitment to lower rents to state house tenants by July”, says National’s acting Housing spokesman Wyatt Creech.

“Thousands of families renting from the state have been promised cheaper rents by July by the new government. Restoring income related rents is one of Labour Leader Helen Clark’s seven commitments she pledged to New Zealanders before the election.

“Since lack of money is the justification this policy, the Minister should have looked more seriously at the request to give state house tenants that looked after their properties a week long rent holiday rather than a barbecue.

“The problem these tenants face is not the lack of a barbecue, it’s shortage of money. “It is far better to give these tenants a real incentive, not a gimmick. If the new Minister is serious about helping tenants a week long rent holiday is a real incentive.

“These tenants are among the poorest of families in the country. They want real help from the government, not a pat on the head and a little gift for the back yard. “While incentives to encourage people to look after their houses are not of themselves a bad idea, this very gimmicky approach should not distract people from Labour’s commitment.

“The public also should be told what this ‘barbecue’ idea will cost. I suspect it’ll be a drop in bucket in comparison to any real relief.

“If the Minister can’t deliver on his party’s key election promise to introduce income related rents by July, he should be honest with state house tenants.

“If tenants are depending on this new Minister for help it looks like their trust is misguided.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages