Parliament

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

 

$22.6 million of new funding for building services

19 May 2005

Hon Chris Carter - Minister for Building Issues

$22.6 million of new funding for building services

The government's ability to monitor and solve problems in New Zealand's building sector will be significantly enhanced with a $22.6 million package of new funding, Building Issues Minister Chris Carter announced today.

"The Labour-Progressive Government is determined to ensure that a problem on the scale of the leaky buildings crisis does not occur again," Mr Carter said.

"To achieve that goal, the Department of Building and Housing needs the capacity to gather information about the sector, analyse it, identify potential building and housing issues, and develop timely value for money solutions to them. The funding announced today will provide this capacity.

"For most people, their house will be the largest asset they ever own. Some 90 per cent of the average kiwi household's wealth is tied up in property," Mr Carter said.

"The leaky buildings crisis identified a need for good leadership and high quality advice from a properly funded central government building agency. The government's investment in the Department of Building and Housing is evidence of the importance of the building sector to the New Zealand economy and society."

Mr Carter said a proportion of the department's new funding would also go towards developing a better service to resolve disputes and provide advice to tenants and landlords in the rental housing market.

"More and more New Zealanders are choosing to rent homes rather than buy them. Government services must adapt to this change. The additional funding will allow the expansion of more flexible tenancy services across a wider area of New Zealand."

The $22.6m package includes $4.2m of capital expenditure to secure long-term accommodation for the department.

For further information visit www.dbh.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Cop Shop Top-Up: 1800 New Police Through NZ

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today confirmed further details around the allocation of the 1800 additional officers, following a $298.8 million increase for Police in Budget 2018...

“These 1800 officers, alongside 485 support staff, will really enhance our work to keep people safe, and ensure they feel safe,” says Mr Bush. More>>

 

Human Right Commissions: Concern On Aged Care And Consent

A new report published by the Human Rights Commission raises concerns about the legal and human rights safeguards for an estimated 5000 elderly New Zealanders in secure dementia units and psychogeriatric facilities. More>>

ALSO:

Justice Reform: Andrew Little Interviewed By Corin Dann

“We’ve had thirty years of the auction of more penalties, more crime, more people in prison but it‘s not working, it’s not making us safe.” More>>

ALSO:

Greens AGM: Leadership Stands Firm On Waka Jumping Bill

The Green Party leadership have dug in their heels and will not be reversing any of the decisions they have made in government. Former MPs Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford had hoped the caucus might be persuaded this weekend to pull its support from the waka jumping bill. More>>

ALSO:

TOP Still Going, Actually: New Leader For Opportunities Party

New leader Geoff Simmons' aim as the leader of TOP is to take the party into Parliament at the next election where it can advocate and implement progressive reform in areas including fair taxation, cannabis legalisation, affordable housing, and environmental protection. More>>

ALSO:

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... 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages