Fact Vs David Carter: You Be The Judge
FACT: National sold 13,000 state houses: housing stock dropped from 70,000 in 1991 to 59,000 in 1999 by the time the Labour-Alliance Government was elected. Under National there were no widespread building or acquisition initiatives: the plan was to sell most state houses until only 10,000 were left. The Labour-Alliance has added 400 houses in the past year and plans to have more than 60,500 state houses in the next three years.
DAVID CARTER (David Carter, National Housing spokesman on Breakfast, TVNZ, 6 March, 2001): "Yes, it (National) did sell 13,000, but what the minister neglects to tell is it then acquired a further 10,000..."
RESPONSE: Just where are those 10,000 extra state houses that National built Dave? Seems like you’re the only one who knows about them . . . . when you find them we’d really like to know where they are …
FACT: State rent
rises of 106% and the sell off of state houses led to
overcrowding in some of New Zealand's poorest communities
which in turn helped trigger the spread of infectious
diseases: in particular the deadly meningicoccal epidemic
which is in its 10th year in South Auckland.
The Labour-Alliance Coalition immediately boosted state housing maintenance to $118 this year: $28 million more per annum than the previous Government expenditure.
This week Prime Minister Helen Clark launched a new Healthy Housing initiative aiming to move families out of severly crowded, unhealthy homes.
DAVID CARTER (David Carter, National Housing spokesman on Breakfast, TVNZ, 6 March, 2001): "What we did was try to bring equity into the housing system . . ."
RESPONSE: What’s equitable about 106% state rent rises and 23% private rent rises David?
DAVID CARTER (David Carter, National Housing spokesman on Breakfast, TVNZ, 6 March, 2001): "I think the fact that the Government's recognised they need to do something about overcrowding is good news, I congratulate them for that. It is something that was started by the previous Government."
RESPONSE: David you've hit it on the head! Overcrowding was something that was started by the previous Government – but it's something that the Labour-Alliance is going to address.
FACT: There are more than 59,000 not 55,000 state
There are at least 150,000 people living in state houses nationwide.
All state rents depend on a tenant's income.
DAVID CARTER (David Carter, National Housing spokesman on Breakfast, TVNZ, 6 March, 2001): "What they've done is introduce income-related rents which are attractive to 55,000 low-income New Zealanders"
FACT: All high
earning tenants revealed recently in the media became state
tenants under the previous National Government who did not
make rigorous income checks.
The Labour-Alliance has fixed this anomaly: state houses are now allocated according to need. Those people with the most serious housing needs take priority.
DAVID CARTER (David Carter, National Housing spokesman on Breakfast, TVNZ, 6 March, 2001): "The Government is having to justify why there are 300 people earning in excess of $50,000 in state houses . . . " (Dave's leader, Jenny Shipley in her latest newsletter entitled [in case anyone has any ideas] the 'National Leader')
RESPONSE: David, you really ought to tell your Leader that all those rich tenants got into state houses under National's profit driven housing regime where ability to pay market rents was the primary requirement in getting a state house.