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


Cabinet must move on million-dollar state houses

Phil Heatley MP
National Party Housing Spokesman

16 December 2007

Cabinet must move on million-dollar state houses

It’s a scandal that Housing NZ is still sitting on million-dollar houses and refusing to sell them until tenants move out, says National’s Housing spokesman, Phil Heatley.

He is commenting on reports that Housing NZ has finally admitted it has million-dollar state houses.

“In fact, they have seven worth $8.6 million, which they are selling, in the Auckland suburbs of Orakei, Freemans Bay, St Heliers and Herne Bay, but many others they are going to sit on until the tenants move out.

“The sale of these seven houses alone could buy 23 replacement state houses even at average Auckland prices. That would re-house the seven current tenants and get 16 more families off the waiting list.

“The sale of that seven should have happened years ago when I first raised the issue.

"As with other million-dollar houses, Housing NZ says it can’t sell them without Cabinet permission, so the Labour Cabinet has the solution in its hands.

“They could change the rules if they wanted to, but they say sit on them until the tenants move out. That could take forever, so why don’t they just re-house them?

“It’s been reported that the most any tenant pays for these properties is $84 a week, with tenants in one house - worth $820,000 three years ago - paying just $34.

“In the meantime, close to 10,000 desperate families are languishing on the waiting list, often in sub-standard houses.

“That’s a scandal, and one that the Cabinet must move urgently on.

“What makes this doubly unpalatable is the number of ordinary, hard-working New Zealanders who have no chance of owning a home worth even a fraction of the ones rented out at a substantially subsidised rate.

“We all support state house tenants having clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation. What we resent is the waste of taxpayers’resources when so many other families are struggling.”


© 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