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HNZ bungles figures - what’s going on Minister?

Phil Heatley MP
National Party Housing Spokesman

12 May 2006

HNZ bungles more figures - what’s going on Minister?

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says Housing New Zealand is dramatically understating the amount of damage being done to state homes by tenants and their guests.

“I’d like to believe this latest mistake is incompetence rather than a cover-up. But Housing New Zealand and the Minister have some explaining to do.”

Mr Heatley is responding to HNZ’s claim today that there has been a 33% rise in the amount of damage being done by state house tenants and their guests.

“They’re saying $9 million today, yet three weeks ago the Minister provided me with official figures showing tenant damage of $12,065,580 with three months of the financial year to go. Last financial year’s full tenant damage bill was $6,916,000.

“That's a 75% increase.

"Third party (guest) damage this year is $2,580,061 to date. Last year it was $1,491,000. So, based on official figures, the third party damage bill has risen by 73% with three months of the year to go.

“Vandalism and damage done by tenants and their guests is on track to double this year and the Minister is in denial.

"This damage is not maintenance, it is damage ‘that is not the result of fair wear and tear ... but results from the action or inaction of a tenant or third party’, according to HNZ's own definition.

“What makes this situation even more worrying is that the increase goes against the trend in the private sector, where the amount of damage being done is decreasing,” says Mr Heatley.


Attached: Parliamentary Question 03404 & 2004/05 Damage Figures - 2 pages.

Parliamentary Question 03404

Sent: Wednesday, 19 April 2006 08:55 a.m.
To: Philip Heatley
Subject: 03404 (2006) Published - Housing - Normal Reply

Question: What was the total actual damage maintenance expenditure for the 2005/06 year to 31st March 2006, broken down into the three separate categories of tenant damage, third party damage and other damage?

Portfolio: Housing
Minister: Hon Chris Carter
Date Lodged:06/04/2006

Answer Text: Housing New Zealand Corporation has advised me that, as at 31 March 2006, the total actual damage maintenance expenditure for 2005/06 was: tenant damage $12,065,580, third party damage $2,580,061, and other damage $505,424.

Attachment: None
Date Received:18/04/2006

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