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


Kiwis come forward to help house homeless

Hon Phil Twyford

Minister for Housing and Urban Development

14 May 2018

Kiwis come forward to help house homeless

The Ministry of Social Development has been approached with 79 opportunities so far to help house people in need this winter, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says.

“Kiwis have heard the Government’s call to arms to help the homeless this winter. MSD is now looking into every one of these offers to see if they are suitable.”

The offers follow an announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Phil Twyford at Te Puea Marae earlier this month of a $37 million investment for at least 1500 more transitional, and Housing First and public housing places by the end of winter.

Phil Twyford said the number of homeless coming forward this winter could be worse than seen in previous years.

“After years of drift and neglect, the number of people needing help finding somewhere to live has soared. Many of these people are only coming forward now they know there is a new Government that not only accepts there is a housing crisis, but is doing everything it can to fix it.

“It took a decade for the national housing crisis to become so acute. It will take time to fix it.

“In the meantime, our Government will make sure everyone is supported to find somewhere warm and dry this winter.

“We’d still like those with vacant seasonal accommodation, housing or unused land that is already connected to facilities such as power and water to contact MSD at I’d also like to reiterate that anyone who needs help with housing this winter should go to Work and Income. Our frontline services are ready with a raft of options to help,” Phil Twyford said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The M Bovis Outbreak

As the public keeps on being told, there is no risk at all to human health from cows infected with Mycoplasma bovis. In that respect, it is not at all like mad cow disease.

Even so, the M bovis outbreak is still doing the head in of Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, who will be announcing on Monday whether the government intends going down the ‘eradication’ or the ‘management’ path with respect to the outbreak. More>>


RNZ: Fishing Industry Lies Revealed In Leaked Report

Some of the country's biggest fishing companies have been under-reporting their hoki catch by hundreds of tonnes, according to a leaked fisheries report. The report has been kept secret from the public for seven years and environmentalists say it casts doubt on industry claims that lucrative hoki is being fished sustainably. More>>


Uni Cuts: VCs At Risk Of Opting Out Of Government’s Vision

Vice-Chancellors need to accept that cutting jobs to meet narrow performance metrics will do nothing to help rebuild an inclusive tertiary education sector that meets the needs of all New Zealanders, the Tertiary Education Union said today. More>>


DBHs v Nurses: Independent Panel Reports On Collective Agreement

The Independent Panel, which was set up to help reach a Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) between the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation and the 20 District Health Boards, has made a series of recommendations to address issues impacting settlement. More>>


Cannabis: Legalisation Referendum Could Happen Sooner

The Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand says any decision to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis use in 2019, rather than in an election year, would be a welcome one because the issue is too important to be treated like a political football. More>>


Decile Changes Kicked For Touch: Focusing School Funding On Equity For Kids

The Government is expanding work done on replacing school deciles to look more broadly at what’s needed to ensure all children, including learners from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds, get the support they need to learn. More>>


Kevin Short New CDF: Defence Deployments Online

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the release today of further information on where NZDF personnel are deployed overseas... “Defence will also be proactively releasing their advice to Cabinet following future decisions on deployments and mandate.” More>>





Featured InfoPages