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


Tackling Substandard Housing

May 9 2002
Budget 2002

The Government today announced $53.3 million in extra funding to tackle substandard housing in Northland, East Coast and the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Housing Minister Mark Gosche said the money would be used to provide 500 affordable rental homes over the next four years for families currently living in derelict or makeshift dwellings.

“About 290 of the 500 homes will be new state houses. The rest are expected to come from concessionary loans to iwi and other community groups which will help them build up their own portfolios of low cost rental and rent-to-buy houses,” said Mr Gosche.

Associate Minister Tariana Turia said the total package provides funding of $53.34 million, including capital funding of $47.56 million.

“This government is determined to eradicate substandard housing. This substantial package shows how serious we are about achieving that goal. With this new funding, the Government’s commitment to tackling substandard housing in Northland, East Coast and the Eastern Bay of Plenty exceeds $115 million.”

Late last year approximately 1500 houses in these areas were surveyed to assess the level of substandard housing.

“Based on these assessments, an estimated 600 new dwellings are required. Housing New Zealand is already expecting to acquire 100 new homes this financial year. This new funding will enable the balance of 500 to be added over four years,” said Mr Gosche.

About 300 of the extra houses are expected to be in Northland, 200 in Eastern Bay of Plenty and 100 on the East Coast.

In January the government announced a $7.5 million injection to assist home owners in Northland, East Cape and Eastern Bay of Plenty to undertake essential repairs to their rundown homes.

“Alongside these initiatives, funding is urgently required so that families living in temporary shelter, or dwellings beyond repair, can be rehoused. This latest funding will allow that to happen.”

The Ministers said they expected the housing package to also generate local economic benefits through increased local employment and trades training opportunities.

The funding will include loans for joint venture housing projects, with Housing New Zealand providing capital, and the joint venture partner meeting land, labour and other costs. In this way costs and risks are shared between the community, the government and voluntary sector.

The funding will also provide incentives for local designers to develop innovative low-cost housing that can be built by local people, Mr Gosche said.

“New designs or building systems that show merit can then be used in Housing New Zealand’s building programme, or promoted to those wanting to build their own home.

“We recognise that there are no ‘quick fix’ answers to the problem of substandard housing. We are using a mix of solutions to tackle the problem of substandard housing: more state houses, helping iwi and communities acquire their own rental housing and encouraging third sector investment in rural housing.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>


MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>


Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>


Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>





Featured InfoPages