I started writing this blog while sitting in the Tenancy Tribunal hearing for the eviction of Ioela Rauti – Niki, as she is also known. I was there to support an elderly ailing woman who is at the sharp end of what is essentially a sell-off of our public assets. Niki is a state house […]
I want to end homelessness and ensure that everyone has a warm, safe, dry home. This National Government has let down New Zealanders, especially the thousands of New Zealanders who are struggling with something so basic and important as housing.
It’s become clear that Housing NZ has ignored repeated warnings from senior government officials in the Ministry of Health that it’s misusing methamphetamine guidelines to evict tenants. The long story short is that hundreds of people have been evicted from their homes unfairly. It is one thing to cook or make meth. Doing that contaminates […]
The Labour Party launched its package of ideas to fix the housing crisis over the weekend. Their ideas match ours in many ways. This is good news, because it means that when we change the government we’ll be ready to hit the ground running with a common policy programme to tackle one of the most […]
I was pleased to see the impacts of the Social Housing Reform Act being discussed in a Dominion Post op-ed on Thursday by Elinor Chisholm and Philippa Howden-Chapman from the He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme at Otago University. The Social Housing Reform Act has introduced reviewable tenancies to all state tenants. Chisholm and […]
Last month I blogged about the sale of Housing New Zealand land in Haverstock Road, Sandringham, where – instead of redeveloping its land into a groundbreaking mixed housing development – Housing New Zealand was flogging off a huge parcel of land to the highest bidder. I visited the site on 25 March, and this is […]
Parliament was preoccupied by two major pieces of news last week, the unemployment figures and concerns about Housing. It also passed the Climate Change legislation (as previously discussed in this blog post series) and failed to pass Labour MP Darien Fenton’s Bill to stop libraries from charging for borrowing and internet use. Unemployment During Question […]
The Government is missing half the equation with its new model for the development of Housing New Zealand properites unveiled in Christchurch today.
I write to you to enquire what measures you will take to combat this growing problem to ensure that people do not have to resort to sleeping in their cars, moving house numerous times, or live in cramped and substandard housing. These are just a few examples of the symptoms of a much wider problem which must be addressed urgently.
A rental housing crisis in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes came to a head this week. The Government’s response? Let the market sort it out. Not good enough!