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


State House Sales Outnumber Purchases

Sales of state houses by Housing New Zealand have outnumbered new purchases in the first six months since the election, figures released by ACT’s Housing spokesman Dr Muriel Newman, show. “These figures make a mockery of the Labour Party’s pre-election pledge to halt the sale of state houses,” she says.

The figures, contained in a response by Housing Minister Mark Gosche to a Parliamentary question from Dr Newman, show a total of 182 state houses were sold from December to May this year. That compared with purchases of just 158 houses for the same six months.

Revenue from state house asset sales since November 1999 totalled $37 million. “For all Labour’s talk about focus on the public sector provision, they appear to be increasingly relying on private sector provision, with leasing and subleasing arrangements” Dr Newman said.

“Leasing from the private sector is an attempt to bolster state house numbers without going to the trouble and expense of actually purchasing them,” she said. “Why can’t people rent from the owner directly, instead of the Government stepping in and leasing these houses only to then sub-lease them?

It’s just so much unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy, and it doesn’t actually add to the supply of housing,” Dr Newman said. Leased and sub-leased housing acquired for the six months totalled 90 housing units.


For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little...

“The advice I have received indicates that it is likely to be around February before the re-entry proper gets underway, by breaching the 30m seal.” More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>


Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>


Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>


"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>


Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>





InfoPages News Channels