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


Low Income Residents Told It's OK to Feel Unsafe At Home

Mayor Brown Tells Low Income Residents It's OK to Feel Unsafe In a Council-Owned Home

"I am astonished that Mayor Len Brown has suggested that low income elderly tenants of the Auckland Council should expect to feel unsafe in their homes," says Mayoral candidate John Palino.

Speaking to TVNZ, Mayor Brown said it was a privilege to live in unsafe Council flats because the rents were low.

"Perhaps someone should have told the Mayor that the Council provides this service so that our elderly can live out their lives in dignity.

"It's not OK for tenants of Council-owned pensioner flats to feel unsafe just because they cannot afford more expensive accommodation.

"We had a major breach of trust and security 10 weeks ago when up to seven homes inhabited by older residents were invaded, with one especially brutal attack leaving one elderly lady badly bruised and bleeding.

"The Council has since procrastinated about whether or not it should provide basic levels of safety like security latches.

"This is not how we should be treating people.

"The sad irony here is that many elderly are finding themselves in increasingly difficult financial positions because their fixed incomes are unable to keep up with the Mayor's rates increases. To hear him suggest that residents should either toughen up or move elsewhere betrays one of the most fundamental responsibilities of government - keeping people safe - and demonstrates a troubling lack of respect for some of our most vulnerable," said Palino.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Juggling Covid, And France’s Trump-like Populist

It is the age-old Covid problem. How to balance the needs for firms (and schools) to re-open against the need to protect public health. In the past, the balance has been struck by insisting that the best public health outcomes also deliver the best economic (and educational) outcomes. While that may still be objectively true, it is no longer a politically tenable position... More>>

Covid-19 & Education: NCEA And NZ Scholarship Exams To Proceed

NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams will proceed, including in areas where Alert Level 3 has been in place, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have been working together to ensure exams can be managed in a safe way, so students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned... More>>


Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


National: Launches Back In Business Plan

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins has today launched National’s detailed plan to save livelihoods and unleash our economy in the face of the huge damage being wrought by the extended Covid lockdown... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels