Parliament

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

 

Housing figures National’s shame

7 July 2014
Housing figures National’s shame

The number of Auckland households in urgent and serious need of housing has increased tenfold since March 2012, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

The Ministry of Social Development, which took over Housing New Zealand’s assessment responsibility for social housing in April, said there were 3,188 Priority A households ‘at risk’ that include a significant and persistent need that must be addressed immediately.

There were another 2,652 households with ‘serious housing need’, “where the household is unable to access and/or sustain suitable adequate and affordable alternative housing”. The national number of A and B households in urgent and serious need has risen 11 percent since March.

“In March, 2012, the number of ‘at risk’ Auckland households was 160, today it is 1,707. The numbers with serious need have soared to 1,632 from 921,” Mrs Turei said.

“These figures are a shame on the Government.

“All New Zealanders deserve secure housing, whether renting or owning,” Mrs Turei said.

“Today’s housing figures are the result of this Government’s policies that have left one in four of our children in poverty and where the well after have been looked after but not those most in need.

“We believe central and local government should take the lead in building more affordable housing. We will build more state houses and fund third parties to provide affordable housing.

“Under our Progressive Ownership initiative, home ownership will be put in reach for tens of thousands of families with children, through a rent-to-buy scheme.

“Our Home for Life policy will strengthen tenants’ rights and will limit rent increases. For Housing NZ tenants, we will cap rents at 25 percent of income.

“We will curb house inflation by introducing a capital gains tax (excluding the family home) and limit non-residents from buying our houses,” Mrs Turei said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Budget '17: Budget Spends Down Future Surpluses

Tax cuts for every working New Zealander, targeted to low and middle income earners, more generous assistance for families and renters, and a massive spend-up on public services infrastructure mark Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s election year Budget.

The package of changes to income tax thresholds, the Working for Families programme, and the Accommodation Supplement is the Budget’s political centrepiece and will cost $2 billion a year. More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

ALSO:

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election