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


Unfair Housing Policy Harming The Needy

Unfair Housing Policy Harming The Needy

Wednesday 26 May 2004

Dr Muriel Newman - Press Releases - Other

Housing Minister Steve Maharey's refusal to introduce State housing time limits is not just trapping tenants - it is hurting New Zealand's most needy families, and leaving thousands without a roof over their heads, ACT New Zealand Housing Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"Answers to my written Parliamentary Questions have revealed that, as of the end of April 2004, a total of 6,057 people `at risk' or in `serious need' were waiting to be placed in a home by Housing New Zealand," Dr Newman said.

"But some families live in State house for decades. Last year, I revealed that one family had rented a $697,000 house, for only $58 a week, for 32 years. This means State houses are no longer the temporary housing safety net Housing NZ was established to provide.

"ACT has long campaigned for Housing NZ tenants to be supported out of State housing as quickly as possible - ensuring that, once a family has found its feet, it can move onward and upward and make room for the next needy family.

"Clearly, this is not happening. Even worse, by far, the majority of this 6,057 on the waiting list are families and whanau in dire need of a home. If Labour does not introduce time limits for State houses, these numbers will continue to grow.

"The Government's housing policies are totally unfair. They are proving to be detrimental to New Zealand, and harming the country's most vulnerable people. Families in desperate circumstances should not be left in urgent need while others enjoy the security of cheap rent in a State house for life," Dr Newman said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election