Kiwis still on holiday & NZ govt tables bill for improved minimum rental housing standards! – make a submission by 27th Jan. Simple form provided!

Important information from Laura – ActionStation petition site on making a submission to improve minimum rental housing standards. These submissions close on January 27th, while lots of Kiwis are still on holiday or at the beach! How typical of our current government to table this when folks are too busy or too removed from the information to know about it and/or respond. Please consider making a submission … ActionStation has provided a form to make it easy for you.   EnvirowatchRangitikei


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“The government are currently taking submissions from the public on their Bill to improve minimum housing standards for rentals in New Zealand.

This is our opportunity to push for standards that would ensure everyone in New Zealand has access to a warm, dry home.

Will you make a quick submission? It will take 5 minutes.

Do you remember how last year, after a surge of people power (and sadly, tragic stories of sick and dying Kiwi kids) the government announced legislative changes were to be made to our minimum housing standards? Changes like requirements for smoke alarms and insulation in residential rental properties, among other things. [1] 

The Bill that would enact the proposed changes has just been tabled in the House and referred to Select Committee. [2] What that means is that members of the public can now have a say on minimum housing standards for rentals in New Zealand by making a parliamentary submission. The catch is these submissions close on January 27th, while lots of Kiwis are still on holiday or at the beach.

We believe that’s because although the changes proposed by the government have been a very welcome first step on the path to warm, dry and affordable homes for all – The Bill doesn’t go nearly far enough, and they know it.

So we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to make a submission. We’ve spoken to a variety of social justice, children’s health and sustainability experts to get their point of view, and set up an easy to use form to make it really quick and simple for you to have a say on how we can improve New Zealand’s housing for all. Will you take action once again to help improve NZ’s poor quality housing crisis?

Click here to make a submission

We’ve included the expert analysis and recommendations for you to use in your submission; feel free to copy and paste the parts that are important to you, or just use our form to make your own submission. You don’t need to be an expert to have a say. Often a story from your own personal experience can be the most compelling submission of all.

So please, take five minutes to make a quick submission then share this campaign with your friends and family asking them to do it too ➜ www.actionstation.org.nz/minimum-housing-standards

Together we can ensure that everyone in New Zealand has access to a warm, dry, healthy and affordable home.

Thanks so much for caring,

Laura on behalf of the ActionStation team.”

References:

  1. Government strengthens residential tenancy laws’, Isaac Davidson, NZ Herald, 08 Jun 2015

  2. Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill and the relevant Beehive Statement.

 

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