NOTE 29/10/17 : there is an important new update on this topic here by Penny Bright who is keeping us up to speed with what is happening in Tamaki… they are demolishing sound state homes to make way for palatial housing for the rich. Plus…
The “100% Crown-owned ‘Crown Entity Company’ – Tamaki Regeneration Ltd, with $1.6 billion worth of former Housing NZ properties is not listed under Sch 4A of the Public Finance Act, or Sch 2 of the Crown Entities Act, or listed as a company monitored by Treasury’s Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit.”
We’ve been seeing many images of folks sleeping in cars, tents, sheds and garages in the past few years, heart breaking for a country where a few decades ago virtually all were housed, employed, clothed and fed. Not so now with 42K homeless, and it’s not because we had a war or a natural disaster. It’s purely because of greed among those who purport to LEAD us. BLEED us would be more to the point given the tax rate these leaches are on. This has to stop. This information supplied by Penny Bright, highlights the land banking of properties in Tamaki, defined as gentrification.
The Greens had this to say about it:
Tamaki is a “…community of people who feel that they have been shunted around as if they are of little consequence. They have stayed defiant because they can see through the rhetoric that the redevelopment of their neighbourhood is about helping the locals and doing up old houses. In fact, the redevelopment is benefitting wealthy developers and property investors who get to dally around with a small bit of social housing on the side so they can justify their land grab.
The National government did not just let the housing crisis happen. Their policy settings have designed the shortage of affordable, state, and social housing. Through its tax policy, this government has encouraged the use of houses for business investment instead of for living in as homes. This has helped put both rents and mortgages out of reach for too many people, in a way this country has not seen before. This is the housing crisis.” (links below).
This is criminal. Homes have been sitting empty while HOMELESSNESS is on the increase. On top of that there are 33K ghost homes in Auckland owned by people off shore & uninhabited. Words escape me. Please read.
Thanks to Penny Bright for this information (2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki).
The ‘Tamaki $CAM’
“MPs, Councillors, tenants and the public were told that the Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd (59% Crown / 41% Auckland Council) was going to have 2,800 Tamaki HNZ properties transferred on 31 March 2016.
They didn’t end up owning ONE house.
2,704 HNZ properties in Tamaki were transferred to a DIFFERENT company – Tamaki Regeneration Ltd (100% Crown).
Check both these companies with the NZ Companies Office.
All the fine words about ‘social good’ objectives in the (27 page) Constitution of Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd are nowhere to be found in the (7 page) Constitution of Tamaki Regeneration Ltd – who OWN the assets.
The ‘Regeneration’ of Tamaki and the poorer communities of Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure, has been, in my opinion, a total RORT and FRAUD.
The real aim has been the GENTRIFICATION of Tamaki – forcing poor people – ‘State tenants’ off prime real estate to make way for private mansions for the wealthy, and profit$ for private property developer$.
In my view, as an anti-Corruption campaigner – the corrupt ‘conflicts of interest’ involved in property development and real estate in Auckland are OBSCENE!
2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki.
To follow events with the gentrification of Tamaki visit/follow Penny Bright’s pages on FB. Also, the State Housing Action Network and Save Our State House Homes on FB.
Tamaki Redevelopment is reputed to be owned by Bill English, Nick Smith and the Auckland Council. 2,800 HNZ homes were transferred to them, they weren’t sold to them and they were also given 200 million dollars.
Pictured below are just some of the documented homes sitting empty
The Battle of Glen Innes
Attempts to build a “model community” in Glen Innes have gone catastrophically awry. How did that happen, and what’s been learned? (Metro)
Niki’s eviction: the privatisation of state homes
“Niki represents a community of people who feel that they have been shunted around as if they are of little consequence. They have stayed defiant because they can see through the rhetoric that the redevelopment of their neighbourhood is about helping the locals and doing up old houses. In fact, the redevelopment is benefitting wealthy developers and property investors who get to dally around with a small bit of social housing on the side so they can justify their land grab.
The National government did not just let the housing crisis happen. Their policy settings have designed the shortage of affordable, state, and social housing. Through its tax policy, this government has encouraged the use of houses for business investment instead of for living in as homes. This has helped put both rents and mortgages out of reach for too many people, in a way this country has not seen before. This is the housing crisis.”
NOTE 29/10/17 : for a new update on this topic go to this link:
6 thoughts on “The Nats have been land banking Tamaki state homes on prime real estate since 2012, clearing out the poor to make way for private mansions”
Hi Pam, My husband got me to read this out to some visitors tonight. It sparked a big conversation. I agree that this housing crisis didn’t just happen. As well as the government’s deliberate neo-liberal policy of making the domestic market compete against the international one, there are also local government mistakes. The Auckland City Council have adhered to the Supercity\”low carbon”\compact city goals based on Agenda 2030, with insufficient land released for housing. That’s also driven the cost of the land up.
My 25 year old chimed in about their generation being priced out of the housing market.
I think that government and local body government are not interested in private land ownership for ordinary, middle New Zealand.
The neo-liberals serve Fascism, which is rule by corporations, and (UN) Agenda 2030 serves socialism, where no-one is allowed to own anything. We can all be equally miserable together!
On a related topic, my husband’s friend knows someone involved in Auckland Real Estate who said Chinese investors are pulling out and the market has contracted about 9%. It hasn’t been reported on the media. We can’t verify it, but the person who told us this is reliable. We’ll have to wait and see if this information is correct.
My daughter hopes the housing market will contract. We all agreed it needs to. But some people up here are sitting on mortgages of $800,000.
Anyway, it’s interesting times we’re living through. It’s funny how that saying is called “the Chinese curse.”
Thanks Jo for sharing. On the all miserable together, I think the plan is actually 99% of us miserable & the so called elite owning the rest. It being a covert plan. (Did you see Naomi Jacobs’ pdf on that re Kaipara?) Interesting bout the Chinese & Ak. I see there are 33K ghost houses up there. All so wrong isn’t it? Also seeing it in the London fire which I’ve begun to follow quite closely. The video today is a must watch on that. Gentrification also. BTW the Tamaki regeneration company is owned by Bill English & another politician. Will have to check & post it on the post. Someone posted it on another forum. Thanks again for your feedback 🙂
Surely that’s a conflict of interest, Bill a English owning the Tamaki regeneration company.
How has this been allowed to happen to the socially just NZ of old?
Let’s hope this new government can reverse these shameful statistics.
We are better than this people!
Exactly Amanda. I have more info to come on that from Penny’s investigations.
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