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


State house extensions costing $105,000 per room

Phil Heatley MP - National Party Housing Spokesman

12 March 2006

State house extensions costing $105,000 per room

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says answers to written Parliamentary questions show it is costing an average $105,000 per room to extend state houses.

"At that rate you could build a modest home in most New Zealand centres for the price of a few rooms.

"Housing New Zealand appears to be suffering from the sort of construction cost blow-outs that are plaguing the Corrections Department. Labour simply hasn't measured up as a fit guardian of the public purse."

Mr Heatley says the figures took him by surprise.

"It's understandable that some of these houses do need work, but at an average price of $105,000 per room, the cost to the taxpayer does seem excessive."

Figures from the building industry show the amount being paid by Housing New Zealand is well above the market rate.

"Even taking into account some of the more expensive work being done on kitchens and bathrooms, Housing New Zealand doesn't appear to be getting a very good deal."

According to a Government-run building industry survey released last July, the average cost of building a typical 145 square metre house was around $1500 per square metre.

"Housing New Zealand appears to be paying through the nose for these extensions. The Minister needs to tell us whether he is satisfied the taxpayer is getting a good deal," says Mr Heatley.


© 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