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


Even more housing for low income families

3 July 2003

Hon Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader

Even more housing for low income families encouraged

"Recent reports on housing crises around the country can be addressed with a bigger state house building programme and assistance for low income families to get mortgages. While the Coalition Government has made an impressive start, more progress is required," said Matt Robson, Progressive Deputy Leader.

"The Progressives are working as part of government to promote a more extensive state house building programme and a range of options to enable those on low incomes to own their own homes.

"Every New Zealander should be living in a safe, healthy and secure home. Our coalition government is greatly concerned about housing problems in many areas around the country and is interested in solving that problem as quickly as possible.

"The unprecedented sell off of state houses by the National led governments, their withdrawal from the state house building programme and their drastic cuts to apprenticeship schemes have left the country with too few houses and too few builders to quickly address current housing problems.

"The Progressives' programme includes: building more state houses, promoting more apprentices, working out targeted solutions for different groups and assistance for low income families to get mortgages.

"Investing in housing is a sensible bet for government. We have a wall of wood ready to be harvested and manufactured, promoting jobs in the timber industry. Our policy is to put every school leaver into jobs, education or training by 2005, and the coalition goal is for 2007. All this adds up to excellent potential to get more low income earners into adequate housing and will build on what has already been achieved," said Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader.

The current budget has allocated and extra $260 million for housing and is working on key areas such as Northland, Eastern Bay of Plenty and the East Coast, along with supporting community sector housing projects. The Progressives support this work but are promoting faster and further work including assistance with mortgages for low income families.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news