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


Greens urge quick action on housing

21 October, 2004

Greens urge quick action on housing

Green MP, Sue Bradford is urging the Government to move swiftly to help struggling families own their own home, following reports in the media that it is considering plans to help poorer New Zealanders raise a deposit.

"The dream of owning your own home has become a nightmare for many New Zealanders," said Ms Bradford, the Green Housing spokesperson. "A huge gap has opened between property owners and those who can never realistically afford a deposit.

"Waiting lists for state housing are bursting at the seams while rising interest rates and sky-rocketing prices have made it increasingly difficult for middle and lower income families to buy their own homes.

"We will be encouraging the Government to introduce a Universal Child Benefit that can be capitalised into a deposit for a home, rather than the present, targeted, form of assistance which the Government admits would be much more difficult to capitalise into a deposit.

"Another way the Government could assist people into their first home is by expanding the 'social housing' stock so that more people are paying income-related rents, which will place downward pressure on the private rental market. Lower rents mean more money can be saved for a deposit," said Ms Bradford.

"The Green Party is also very concerned that more and more millions of taxpayer dollars are being paid to private landlords via the Accommodation Supplement, rather than being used to build more state houses or providing deposit finance for a first home."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How The US Supreme Court Is Undermining American Democracy

If Joe Biden is elected President next week, here comes the bad news. If Biden tries to defend Obamacare, combat climate change (via say, a variant of the Green New Deal) or tries to improve the access of US women to abortion services , he will run afoul of a Supreme Court dominated by judges likely to rule that such matters must be left to the states like Missouri and Alabama to manage as they see fit. Meaning: Even if Biden had a radical agenda, this would be unlikely to survive the current bench on the Supreme Court... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Election: ParityBOT_NZ Processed Nearly 200,000 Tweets To Find And Fight Online Abuse Over The NZ Election

Auckland, New Zealand: Of the almost 200,000 tweets directed at women candidates that Areto Labs’ proprietary election Twitter bot, ParityBOT_NZ, processed over the New Zealand election period, nearly 4,000 were classified as toxic and triggered ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels