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

 


Phil Heatley’s hidden housing statistics


21 December 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Phil Heatley’s hidden housing statistics

Just a few days from Christmas, Housing Minister Phil Heatley appears to be withholding the latest statistics that show the number of families still waiting for state houses, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Annette King.

Housing New Zealand’s waiting lists, ordinarily broken down regionally, by month, and loaded online, have not been updated since October.

“That is an extraordinary time-lapse even for Phil Heatley.

“The Minister might have clocked off in an attempt to avoid any end of year controversy, but the reality is hundreds of families will be living in cars, caravans or packed in with relatives and friends all while state houses sit empty over the summer break.

“National’s attempted overhaul of state housing has failed miserably. If state houses aren’t sitting empty they’ve been demolished, moved, deemed earthquake prone, or sold off – all without a contingency plan for those in need right now.

“The Minister talked a big game about his restructure of Housing New Zealand, but with a growing number of families on the high priority waiting list this year, and the possibility of more at Christmas – it’s obvious who’s drawn the short straw.

“Ensuring we get our state housing stock up to scratch is essential, but leaving families in the lurch isn’t the state landlord’s role.

“Phil Heatley has gained notoriety for asserting that state houses are ‘in the wrong place, the wrong size or in poor condition’. I have been asking for evidence of that all year, but the Minister is yet to provide the data that shows where these houses are.

“Phil Heatley has gone into this process full of blatherskite – but without a strategic plan.

“The Minister might have good intentions, but his execution of the restructure and his mismanagement of basic information smacks of incompetence,” Annette King said.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality.

To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.

National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news