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

 


Labour plans to cut provincial tenancy services

Nick Smith
National Party Building spokesman
28 October 2005

Labour plans to cut provincial tenancy services

New Building Minister Clayton Cosgrove must reject plans to gut provincial tenancy services if Labour is to heed the election message from heartland New Zealand, says National's Building spokesman, Nick Smith.

Dr Smith today released a report from the Department of Building and Housing, which he obtained under the Official Information Act, which proposes widespread cuts in tenancy services staff for provincial New Zealand.

“This report proposes cutting tenancy staff from offices in Whangarei, Rotorua, Tauranga, Napier, Palmerston North, Blenheim, Nelson, Timaru and Dunedin, and centralising the services in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch," says Dr Smith.

“We will soon know if Labour’s post-election assurance that it has taken on board the message from its losses in provincial New Zealand was genuine or just more spin.

“These cuts will make tenancy services less accessible to the detriment of both landlords and tenants in provincial New Zealand.

“The report assumes an 0800 number and a website is better than face-to-face services from tenancy staff with local knowledge and expertise.

“It speaks volumes of this Labour Government that it has consulted with the staff but not the tenants and landlords who use the services.

“I seek an assurance from Mr Cosgrove that these cuts will not proceed. I have also written to seek the support of NZ First and United Future, who campaigned on maintaining services for the regions, to exert their influence and stop this service downgrade.

"The report says a decision will be made by the end of October. This has been confirmed by provincial office stay who are awaiting decisions on their employment," says Dr Smith.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news