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Nelson meeting on rotting homes


Dr Nick Smith Nelson MP

Dr Wayne Mapp National Housing Spokesperson

18 October 2002

Nelson meeting on rotting homes

National MPs are holding a public meeting on the rotting homes crisis in Nelson this Sunday.

Nelson MP, Nick Smith, said Nelson people had been contacting National's website and his office with concerns over rotting homes and worries about their loss of equity.

"Leaky buildings are a problem in this area because there has been so much development in recent years. Many people, from young couples starting out to people retiring, are heartbroken at what they've discovered about their homes.

"Those affected need to get together and have input into the best way to deal with these problems and how to prevent this continuing to happen."

Hundreds of people have turned out to seven public meetings already run by National around the country in recent weeks.

The Government has followed National's proposed amendment to the Construction Contracts Bill, setting up a dispute resolution process for homeowners.

National Housing spokesperson Dr Wayne Mapp said the Government had finally seen the wisdom of National's proposal as the solution to rotting homes.

"This wouldn't have happened without National championing the interests of homeowners. But more changes are needed. We encourage people to come to the meeting to discuss other ways to solve this crisis," said Dr Mapp.

The public meeting will be held on Sunday 20 October, 3pm at the Nelson Electorate Office, 544 Waimea Rd, Nelson.

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