Parliament

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

 

HNZ tenants on $100k plus

Phil Heatley MP National Party Housing Spokesman

13 March 2008

HNZ tenants on $100k plus

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says after eight and a half years, Labour is still failing to prioritise low income earners for Housing New Zealand properties.

"Not only has the Government confirmed that it's perfectly okay for HNZ tenants paying market rents to own investment properties, but now it has been revealed that some of those households are earning more than $100,000 per year."

Mr Heatley is releasing answers to select committee questions which show HNZ has tenants that include a couple in Glen Innes who jointly earn $90,116 after tax and a couple in Panmure who earn $95,212 after tax.

"When there are close to 10,000 very low income families on the waiting list, Labour should be re-examining it's do nothing approach to those occupying state houses and denying a place to others who may be in more need."

Mr Heatley says the figures also show a New Plymouth tenant is individually earning $89,544 after tax, a Nelson household is earning $127,348 after tax, and a Papakura couple jointly earn $89,908 after tax.

The average household income in New Zealand is around $70,000 gross or about $50,000 after-tax.

"How did it ever get to the point where a Labour Government will house tenants earning $80,000, $90,000 and $100,000 a year after tax, and allow those same state house tenants to purchase their own rental properties, when there are so many needy families languishing on the waiting list?

"National will better use the state housing stock, returning it back to its original purpose of helping those families who are in serious housing need."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election