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

 


Government backs out of social housing

Nanaia
MAHUTA
Māori Affairs Spokesperson

1 July 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
Government backs out of social housing

The Government continues to move away from the state’s obligation to provide social housing for those most in need, says Labour’s Maori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“Today's launch of He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata Māori Housing Strategy is an indication that much of the cost of social housing will be passed onto Maori or Iwi organisations.

“This out-sourcing of the state’s responsibility to put a decent roof over the heads of those who are struggling financially follows Census data showing Maori are only half as likely to own their own home as Pākehā.

“That Maori are twice as likely as Pākehā face the trials of renting: uninsulated damp cold homes, rising rents and the risk of being evicted at any time. This is tough on our whānau and stops our tamariki getting a decent start in life.

“After talking up the possibilities of iwi and Maori community organisations becoming housing providers, those organisations have been left empty handed. The Government has failed to put money on the table to help them build up their housing stock. And in the case of the Flaxmere project, the Government has started selling off local Housing NZ homes without consultation.

“The utilisation of Treaty settlement lands for housing purposes will respond to the needs of distinct groups of tribal members. However, this is no substitute for the Government meeting its obligation to those most in need of affordable state housing.

“Labour will work to reduce the impediments on Maori land that prevent successful utilisation for initiatives like papakainga housing. We will also increase the social housing stock and find innovative ways to partner with iwi to increase the range of housing development opportunities,” Nanaia Mahuta says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Earth Day: Global March To Defend Science In NZ Saturday

The March for Science movement emerged in the immediate wake of President Trump’s inauguration as he moved quickly to curtail the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and limit the ability of government agencies to communicate scientific evidence.

Since then it has broadened to “champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity”. More>>

'Opening The Election' Video: Nicky Hager And Mike Joy On Science, Spin, And Society

In two videos relevant to the March for Science from Scoop's 'Opening The Election' forum, Massey University's Dr Mike Joy spoke about promoting science in the face of government spin and journalist Nicky Hager offered a checklist of issues to promote for an open civil society. More>>

 

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:


Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news