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State housing – it’s time to eyeball the government

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We have a crisis in housing for tenants and families on low incomes but the budget says we can ignore it. Move on – nothing to see here! We have over 22,000 on the state house waiting list which has been increasing under Labour at double the rate the government is building state houses. And […]

We have a crisis in housing for tenants and families on low incomes but the budget says we can ignore it. Move on – nothing to see here!

We have over 22,000 on the state house waiting list which has been increasing under Labour at double the rate the government is building state houses. And when we take the demolition of older state houses into account the waiting list is growing at four times the rate the government is providing extra state houses.

Yes it’s that bad. And yes the government response just isn’t there.

There is a welcome boost for papakainga housing – $380 million – for desperately needed housing on Maori land but in terms of housing overall this is piddling in a leaky bucket.

But the overall picture is utterly bleak.

Grant Robertson saying the state housing announcement had already been made earlier this year with the government giving Kainga Ora permission to borrow a further $2 billion is an attempt to bury the problem. It can’t.

The government seems content for the Minister of State Housing to morph into the Minister of Motels. This is sad and sick. 

We need an industrial-scale state house building programme but the budget says the government is leaving Kainga Ora to simply muddle along. As I’ve pointed out before the government is in denial over the state housing crisis and isn’t building them fast enough and the community is demanding change.

As I summarised before the budget:

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And we have a Labour government in power…

 

But with no heart for state housing…

 

The only solution I can see is to bring the 22,000 people on the waiting list to parliament and eyeball the government.

Source: Setting The Agenda – The Daily Blog https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2021/05/21/state-housing-its-time-to-eyeball-the-government/

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