Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Stop the Transaction Mandate Bill

Stop the Transaction Mandate Bill

The Social Housing Reform (Transaction Mandate) Bill is silently passing through its third reading in parliament. Its consequences, however, will not be silent.

The Social Housing Reform (Transaction Mandate) Bill gives the Minister of Social Housing and the Minister responsible for Housing NZ the unprecidented power to sell or transfer state housing without consulting with Housing New Zealand and without complying with HNZC social objectives. This could have the consequence of a lack of public knowledge of housing being sold and a removal of social obligations to house those in need.

The transferring of housing and the dismantlement of Housing New Zealand is a consequence of the Social Housing Reforms which is aiming to transfer state houses to community housing providers. This policy is a failure, the private market has never been successful in providing healthy and affordable housing for low-income families.

Although the bill is set to target Invercargill and Tauranga, this policy has already been in affect in Glen Innes where 2,800 houses are being transferred to a company.

The transfer of housing in Tāmaki is sold to the affected communities as a process of revitalisation of the disinvested communities, however in the process of demolishing state housing and replacing it with mixed tenure housing, tenants are being displaced in order for highly priced private dwellings to be built.

The Tāmaki Housing Group believe that this is a process of state-led gentrification and privatisation. The government are providing valuable land to private developers to profit from at the cost of solving the housing crisis for those it most impacts - state tenants and low-income renters.

This is a process of mass privatisation, and it must be resisted. The Tāmaki Housing Group and their supporters wish to oppose this bill and the consequences it may have on state housing tenants and communities. This bill should not proceed through parliament.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election