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


More State Houses Not The Answer, Minister

More State Houses Not The Answer, Minister

ACT New Zealand Housing Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded to know whether Housing Minister Steve Maharey intended to simply build State houses for every single person who applied for Housing New Zealand assistance, after media reports revealed that HNZC is to add 2,406 new State houses to its Auckland housing stock.

"Answers to my written Parliamentary Questions show that, as of the end of January 2004, at least 55 State houses throughout the country had been occupied by the same tenants for over 40 years - and 17 of those for more than 60 years," Dr Newman said.

"Is it any wonder that we have people waiting for State houses? When will the Minister get it through his head that the only answer to HNZC's waiting lists - which had over 6,000 people `at risk' or in `serious need' of a State house at the end of April 2004 - is time limits, not more and more State houses?

"HNZC was established to provide temporary housing to needy families who, once on their feet, would move on and make room for the next family. But this isn't happening - and who could blame them? Who wouldn't want to live a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget?

"The Government's refusal to set time limits on State houses is leaving people with extraordinarily cheap rent - in Auckland alone, houses worth more than $700,000 being rented for as little as $40 a week - for life.

"How can Labour fail to see that it is failing New Zealanders on three fronts: leaving vulnerable families and whanau without a home, trapping others into State housing, and forcing hard-working taxpayers to support them.

"Introducing time limits is at the hard end of managing the housing portfolio, and it is time the Minister did the job he was elected to do. Otherwise, Mr Maharey's legacy will be a nation over-run by State houses, workers overburdened by high taxes and even more families left homeless," Dr Newman said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news