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Turia Appalled at Housing Minister's Comments

Turia Appalled at Housing Minister's Comments

Tariana Turia, Spokesperson for Housing; Maori Party

Thursday 4 May 2006

"I was horrified at the manner in which Housing Minister, Chris Carter, responded to the situation of the HeiHei whanau this week" said Mrs Turia, Maori Party spokesperson for housing.

"The situation of over-crowding, the accusations of inappropriate use of Housing NZ homes, the poor performance of his department is surely his core business".

"I did not expect him to launch into a personal attack about this family and their hapu, labelling their relationships 'toxic' and passing judgement on personal matters particular to that community".

"The business of the Minister of Housing is not to evaluate and assess the quality of communication that occurs within whanau and hapu".

"His business is to address over-crowding, and the allocation process of state rentals of Takou Bay".

"I have also been advised by the HeiHei whanau that contrary to the Minister's statements, there had been no contact made with this whanau yesterday, or indeed during the course of this week".

"Mrs HeiHei has also advised me that although their preference had always been for their whanau to stay in Takou Bay, they were happy to live in Kerikeri or Kaeo".

"Here is a Minister who firstly failed to respond to the situation who now reverts to blaming the community and sheeting out personal attacks on individuals rather than taking responsibility himself".

The tragedy is that the Housing Minister treats these questions of genuine need so lightly, when this is his core business".

ENDS

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