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


Budget leak for leaky-home owners

Nick Smith MP

National Party Building & Construction Spokesman

Budget leak for leaky-home owners

The Budget will contain a discounted loans scheme for owners of leaky homes, says National's Building & Construction spokesman, Nick Smith.

"Housing New Zealand is to provide loans at 4% interest to assist leaky-home owners fix their homes. The loans and interest will not have to be repaid until the home is re-sold," says Dr Smith.

"The loan scheme is limited to homeowners who qualify under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service legislation.

"The Government is also set to provide a Government guarantee for private banks to help leaky-home owners.

"The Government should hang its head in shame on this second Budget leak, following hard on the heels of the leak to Telecom of the Budget's centrepiece unbundling plan.

"What's going on in the Minister's office and the office of his departments?

"Help for leaky-home owners is long overdue. The Government has let these home owners down by denying the scale of this problem for years.

"National has long called for assistance of this sort but we will await the fine print before we make judgment on its adequacy.

"Meanwhile, the Government still lags behind in making improvements to the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service and the legislation that it operates under."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election