Parliament

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

 

Nats poised to privatise Housing NZ

Labour
2000 web site
The Government must come clean on its moves to hand over management of all state houses to real estate companies, says Labour's housing spokesperson Graham Kelly.

"Sources within Housing New Zealand tell me its board recently approved negotiations with real estate companies to take over management of all state houses for rent," Mr Kelly says.

"This would be the end of state housing as we know it. The Government has been trying to lock in high market rents by contracting out the management of groups of houses under its so-called "community partnership" scheme. Now it wants to contract out the entire public housing estate to real estate companies whose only concern is profit.

"We've already seen one so-called community partnership with a real estate company. Crocker Property Management, part of the large Auckland-based Crocker Group, has been given control of 360 houses in Counties-Manukau.

"Another 'partnership' was actually the sale of 554 state houses at giveaway prices to a Wairarapa booze trust.

"My information now is that discussions are underway with Harcourts and Robertson First National about the possibility of private management of all remaining state houses. Housing New Zealand would be reduced to a contract-holding shell, with a skeleton staff. All neighbourhood unit offices would be closed.

"These discussions are not expected to produce results in the short time remaining until the election. That gives New Zealanders the clearest possible choice in the polls. A vote for National is a vote for the privatisation of state housing. A vote for Labour is a vote to keep those houses for their real purpose, to give shelter and hope to low-income families.

"National has sold 11,000 state houses for $1 billion. For every house it has built, it has sold ten.

"Labour is committed to state housing for a social purpose. National is in it for the money."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election