Category Archives: Housing

The illusion of choice & why the Nats (who usually don’t care about the poor) are welcoming more refugees

From William McGregor
 

Y’ know, we have an election coming up later in the year, and all I seem to hear from the die-hard Kiwis is “National has got to go; Key & his ‘cronies’ have sold us out (to overseas investors)”!
And they’d be right, but there’s a far BIGGER issue going on here, if you take the time to dig deeper! Here’s what I see; this is MY view ….

Politics in Aotearoa has always been between TWO major parties – no different than almost every country in the world; that’s just the way it has ALWAYS been.
Yes – other smaller parties have come (& gone) & they have been more of a DISTRACTION than a help; and they serve to make people feel there ARE other alternatives, but there’s not – there’s left or right, (up or down, in or out) – that’s just how it is!

Third, fourth generation Kiwis have grown tired of the same old record playing the same old song…. we went backwards & forwards – National/Labour, Labour/National and it got to a stage where Labour was looking forward to having their turn again …..

Key did some VERY SERIOUS DAMAGE ….

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Selling out to overseas investors, back-door deals – leaving faster than he came into the political arena; this WASN’T by chance; this is VERY ORCHESTRATED by very POWERFUL PEOPLE, something most can’t BEGIN to understand!

Polls (strategically held in specific areas) have been used by the media to manipulate the masses! If those polls were held in Otara (Auckland), Highbury (Palmerston North) or Aramoho (Whanganui), they would be SO DIFFERENT they wouldn’t be recognizable!

Seventy to eighty thousand immigrants (refugees) a year over the last few years – that wasn’t by chance either! THINK! Those who arrived since 2008, and have applied (& got) voting rights, WHO do you think they would vote for? – the party that brought/allowed them (& their families) here, or the other party?! Straight up …. and they’re PUSHING New Zealanders to take a minimum 50 thousand per annum; they are GUARANTEED VOTES for them (National). Who bites the hand that feeds them?! They (the NEW New Zealanders) would feel OBLIGATED to vote for National; most would see Aotearoa as “Club Med” compared to the countries they came from!

We can’t even accommodate our own, yet the “Government Depts. can’t help our new arrivals enough…. housing/benefits/medical/schooling/employment …. by chance?! – NOT ON YOUR NELLY!

Regardless of party policies, you will ALWAYS go to the ones you feel are your rescuers, and National know this; they RELY on it, and they will play it to the hilt!

And we will let them, because that’s how we roll …

 

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Ask yourself, what do the Nats care about the homeless in NZ, about child poverty, about youth suicide? Under their terms we’ve seen those stats worsen to the point we’re the world’s worst at all of them! And so in that light the above opinion rings very true. Were they truly caring they would also be caring for their own. They’re not. As I repeat regularly, under their watch we have all these dubious stats of shame. They don’t even flinch about it. Business as usual. So the caring motive doesn’t hold water for me. And it’s not about Kiwis not caring for the needs of refugees. I’m sure most us do. The point here is, we’re deep in the mire with 42K homeless. Their doing. I have noticed, Herald’s published an article with the affirmation of no less than four other former NZ PMs on the need to welcome 500 new refugees now.  So four other riders (of the same horse) agree. Very comforting.  EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

The Crown owned Tamaki Regeneration Co. EVICTS 5 grieving children 3 wks after their mother’s death – a not uncommon occurrence we’re told

Since first publishing this, I’ve read several times in social media that this kind of eviction is not uncommon. In a recent post a woman said she has seen a family handed an eviction notice PRIOR to the grieving family’s arrangement of the tāngi of their loved one! This is about as low as one can go. This current post describes the delivery of an eviction notice … and the company has apologized since (having been caught out I suspect) however if there are more experiencing this then it clearly wasn’t a one-off blunder by rogue staff.  Bear in mind also the information that’s come to light from Auckland’s anti corruption activist Penny Bright’s info about the Nats land banking state homes in Tamaki since 2012 to make way for private mansions. If anybody reading this has been similarly evicted, please feel free to add the info (anonymously or otherwise) in comments. Stay tuned as I’ll update this as I hear more.

A young Tamaki family of five aged 12 to 25 were issued an eviction notice with only three weeks to pack up their entire household. This came just three weeks after their mother passed away in their arms following a short illness. The family had lived in their home for ten years. The letter addressed to their mother (then deceased) and hand delivered to the children by the landlord’s employees of Tamaki Housing, who declined the invitation to come in and discuss the notice, is cold hearted and to the point, covering such ‘essentials’ as, leaving the property clean and tidy and emphasizing that other tenants needed the house.

Great stuff Nats. With the devolution of your once caring Housing NZ to this corporate entity, you can really bare your sharp teeth at the bereaved and vulnerable.  Your other corporation WINZ is driving people to suicide. Quite a legacy you’re leaving us.

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Photo/letter credit: RadioNZ, supplied by family

You can read the full story here:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/336310/children-told-to-leave-state-house-after-mother-s-death

The appalling treatment this family has received at the hands of this company contrasts somewhat from the profile presented on their website that promises to focus on:

“… delivering an innovative tenancy management approach based on supporting successful tenancies and being responsive to social housing tenants’ needs. THA works alongside Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC) and other partners to make a positive difference to the lives of our tenants.”

You may be interested to know as per above quote, that Tamaki Housing in a Google search comes up alternatively as Tamaki Regeneration:


Contact Us | Tamaki Regeneration

Complaints. Formal complaints must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged within two working days of receipt. TRC will respond to complaints within 15 …


Tamaki Regeneration, Crown owned, featured recently here in an article supplied by Penny Bright, activist and independent candidate for Tamaki.

Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd’s Crown Shareholders Nick Smith & Bill English

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Penny outlines the history of this company and its part in what she believes is the gentrification of Tamaki by property developers. She says in effect that Tamaki Regeneration is:

“… forcing poor people – ‘State tenants’ off prime real estate to make way for private mansions for the wealthy … “

In light of what has happened with this family, this appears correct. In her article she outlines the scam regarding the two companies known as Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd, and Tamaki Regeneration Ltd. A must read.

Read her article here:

https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/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/

You may also like to read Bryan Bruce’s take on this incident, who first drew my attention to this article. Below the RadioNZ article he posts (that featured here) several people have commented that this treatment of its tenants by Tamaki Housing is not unusual. A common occurrence apparently. They’ve since withdrawn the eviction … for now … cold comfort for these five young people who still have no guarantee they can stay.

In conclusion, all I can say is this is just about as low as any government could go. Remember they (rather the corporation/govt they work for) owns the said housing company. I figured the death of two homeless men in the cold of Auckland’s streets was bad enough … this adds further to the outright ugliness of neo-liberal economics and how it really works for the rich while screwing over the poor. Shame on you Nats.

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Charges for three beggars in Napier now withdrawn – well done Napier, fighting poverty creatively

The new norm in ‘fighting poverty’ … charge beggars for asking for help.  The charges are now withdrawn but it highlights the ever growing problem NZ now has & tinkering with sticking plasters isn’t going to fix it.  This modus operandi is about as clever as the Nats who [pretend to] ‘fight homelessness’ by both land banking, and selling homes originally intended for low income Kiwis. Part of the corporate sell-out. Selling out to corporate interests over its own citizens. Why don’t they just call it what it is? See just a few of the 3K empty homes below the Nats have been land banking since 2012, meanwhile 42K are homeless & reduced to begging, sleeping in garages and sheds if they’re ‘lucky’. And in Napier, asking for money. Shame NZ. Shame. Under the Nats’ watch two men have died from exposure to the cold sleeping rough. Let’s face it Kiwis, we’re now top of the homelessness, child poverty & youth suicide stats for the developed world. Three dubious honours of which the Nats must be super proud. Their neo-liberal economic package is working. Key did say he was working for NZ, he just failed to mention which tiny percentage of.

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12 of the land banked state homes empty since 2012 courtesy of your esteemed leaders Kiwis who continue to ignore the 42K sleeping rough

Three beggars in Napier charged over breaking council bylaw by asking for money

From tvnz

Local councils across the country will be watching closely next month as Napier City Council has taken action over three beggars in the city asking for money.

The council has taken action charging three beggars with breaching a council bylaw that forbid them from soliciting for money without permission.

All three have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

While other councils have taken beggars to court for being disorderly or causing a public nuisance, this is the first time they have been charged with simply asking for money.

Natasha Carswell from Napier City Council explained: “We do not have a bylaw that counters begging specifically.

“What we want to address is the behaviour that is causing the issue rather than the begging itself.”

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https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/three-beggars-in-napier-charged-over-breaking-council-bylaw-asking-money-v1

 

Charges now Withdrawn

newshub.co.nz

Police have dropped charges against three beggars who were charged with breaching a bylaw that forbids soliciting for money without permission.

Napier City Council’s manager of community strategies Natasha Carswell told The AM Show the bylaw had been used in the past for people busking and doing street appeals, not for begging.

She said police interpreted the bylaw “as they did”, but it isn’t how Council want it used.

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/07/police-drop-charges-against-napier-beggars.html

NZ tops list of developed countries with most homeless – thanks National you do us proud

Well congratulations Nat government/corporation, you’ve now put us on another dubious ‘honour’ list. Most homeless? Two homeless gentlemen recently dying in the winter cold even. Highest youth suicide. Highest child poverty. Well done John Key. Well done Bill English. You do us proud. What next are we going to excel in?

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Photo Credit: with thanks Penny Bright

Who next can you simply kick to the curb with your boot that’s looking increasingly fascist these days? Twenty billion to weapons and war, and only one to housing? Whilst you land bank our state homes, 42K people sleep in tents, garages and cars. Your monetary priorities say it all. You’ve ushered in neo-liberalism on steroids. You’ve trashed not only the people but the environment as well. And what use is any economy with neither of those?

NZ tops list of developed countries with most homeless

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is rejecting an American University survey that puts New Zealand at the top of a list of developed countries for homelessness.

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Yale University has released a list of developed countries ranked on the number of homeless people per capita – which has New Zealand at the top, followed by the Czech Republic and Australia.

It found about 40,000 people are either living on the street, in emergency housing, or shelter considered sub-standard.

The report does note that getting an accurate picture of homeless is challenging, because many countries define homelessness in different ways.

Ms Adams said the findings should be treated with a high degree of caution, as the survey did not have consistent comparisons from country to country.

“They’re not comparing apples with apples and to suggest that is our number of homeless is quite wrong.”

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/335556/nz-tops-list-of-developed-countries-with-most-homeless

 

Another homeless man found dead (outside Manurewa Methodist Church)

Words escape me. This is so sad … and ironically outside a church. With all due respect to those in the story who have helped this man, it’s still one of those WWJD moments (what would Jesus do). I rather think that although he didn’t have a home of his own, he would’ve invited him inside nevertheless & given him a bed, some blankets and a pillow. And perhaps a seat by the fire. Very sad. He died within view of the soup kitchen. People this is not the NZ we knew once. This modus operandi is from the halls of our esteemed leaders who are placing profits & the ‘needs’ of corporates above those of the people they are supposed to be serving. These folk organizing soup kitchens and shelters are running on limited funds and the problem is becoming enormous. What makes this crime especially unforgivable is the stock of empty state homes this corporation (parading as a govt) have both land banked and left sitting empty on all manner of other fake pretexts. And they remain steel hearted & unrepentant. It started with Rogernomics, that inroad that was to pave the way for global governance, and they are totally complicit with the plan. Shame on you all with all your tax free perks, riding rough shod over the people you should be helping.
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NOTE the image is courtesy of Pixabay and not the man who passed away.

 

Homeless man found dead outside Manurewa Methodist Church

A homeless man has been found dead, huddled under his sleeping bag at the back of a church – the second known such death of a homeless person in two weeks as a polar blast grips the nation.

The man was found on Tuesday morning as Manurewa Methodist Church set up its weekly soup kitchen for the homeless.

Manurewa mum Beverley Losefa, who organises the soup kitchen, thought he was sleeping in. But when they served the first cup of tea and he still hadn’t risen she became worried.

Police were called and confirmed the man had died, before they cordoned off the area.

Losefa was heartbroken to see the man die without his family. She spoke through tears about how lonely and cold he must have been to take his final breath outside the church they call “the corner of hope”.

“I’d never forgive myself if it was someone I knew. I hope no one loses someone this way,” she said.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11890266

Homeless man dies on the Auckland cemetery bench he called home

Note; the image above is not of the man concerned.
Shame, shame on the Nats. I saw another headline today with Bill English saying it wasn’t their fault people are homeless. All they need to do is go to WINZ he reckons. Clearly he hasn’t had any need to go to WINZ himself (and wouldn’t when he only pays a pittance for tax like a tiny percentage of what the workers pay) & he doesn’t realize all they’ll get is into deep debt in emergency motel accommodation. What stress awaits these poor people. And I’ve also seen this week reference to the suicides happening with people driven by this same government (really corporate) department. Again shame on the Nats, under their watch child poverty is up, & so is homelessness. And under their watch an old gentleman dies on a park bench in the freezing cold. And 3K landbanked state homes sit empty in the same city. What have we come to? May this dear man rest in peace.
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From stuff.co.nz

A well-known homeless man who had a cheeky smile and lovable nature died on a bench in an Auckland cemetery.

Keith Johnson, died aged 57 on the same bench he had sat on most days for the past four years in St Peter’s cemetery in Onehunga on July 1.

Johnson was not in the best of health, and his alcoholism may have contributed to his death, those close to him say.

The public has responded to Johnson’s death with an outpouring of grief. Mementos including a surfboard, table spreads, flowers and notes have been left at the bench he used to occupy.

READ MORE:
* The complex paths to homelessness
A day in the life of Kevin: 47 and homeless
Homelessness isn’t just an Auckland issue
‘Today is eviction day and we don’t have anywhere to go’
Govt announces $41.1 million boost for emergency housing
1-in-100 Kiwis are homeless, and it’s getting worse

Constable Don Allan would regularly walk the beat in the morning around the church and always looked out for Johnson.

“Keith was a loveable person and always had a cheeky smile,” Allan said.

READ MORE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94570247/homeless-man-died-on-the-bench-he-called-home

Pre election lollipop time – interest free URBAN housing loans courtesy of the Nats & Agenda 2030

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So our corporation that parades as a government is handing out election lollipops… predictably, as we steam undeterred towards that ‘choose a different rider for the same (trojan) horse’ time again, and I’ll explain the ‘trojan’ further on in the article. Please excuse my cynicism but it is all just so predictable. As I’ve been going on about for quite some time now, we have 42K homeless. I’m wondering if any of those people will be housed? They pulled all the subsidizing of community housing so the councils would ‘have’ to sell their pensioner housing stock (at fire sale prices see Horowhenua who have all but gifted ours away and to a property developer who started a front company called ‘Compassion Horowhenua’, ‘compassion’, bring on the violins… one week before the sale). Not all that clever really.

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The Horowhenua District Council all but gifted their community housing plus land to a property developer (Willis & Bond) with a front company Compassion Horowhenua

In Christchurch they are doing the same, selling to developers with front companies/partnerships. Our Horowhenua Council CE and majority of councillors (who excluded the Mayor from all planning and execution of the deal) have told what looks like porkie after porkie on this – their ‘long term’ agreement with ‘wrap around services’   for the elderly (more violins) is actually only 12 years which should see out the existing pensioners unless they live beyond 90 odd and haven’t been expunged yet by the Liverpool Care Pathway. This is how little they really care about people so don’t fall for the ‘we care about you’ line when just weeks before election time they start bringing out the bribes, having coldly ignored homelessness, child poverty & suicide stats for years now.

Hear former Aussie politician Anne Bressington speak about Agenda 21, the forerunner to Agenda 2030


This is all about Agenda 2030 again (aka Agenda 21). The ‘trojan’ horse I referred to earlier.

The United Nations action plan implemented worldwide to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all energy, all education, all information, and all human beings in the world.  (Rosa Koire)

The ‘trojan’ horse of Agenda 2030 has been carefully & quietly working away in our midst in the form of transformed local government with the now well known terminology ‘sustainable development’. They are known also (those committed to the plan) as ICLEI councils (International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives).

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ICLEI Councils are part of the Agenda 30’s method of installing their plan planet wide

Now incorporated and listed on Dun & Bradstreet as companies councils are a different animal to what we had previously. (See image below).

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Rangitikei District Council listed on Dun & Bradstreet’s company register … search your own DC and find it there also

For starters their CEs (no longer humble Town Clerks) are on top salaries of one quarter of a million and more. The key method of the Agenda in stripping nations of their sovereignty is selling off their assets, done through the public private partnerships we are seeing now.

“We are at present working discreetly, with all our might, to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”
Arnold ToynbeeInternational Affairs, p.809, November 1931

The partnership for instance between Willis & Bond and the Sisters of Compassion in Horowhenua. An excellent exposé of this is the late Joan Veon’s book, ‘Prince Charles the Sustainable Prince’, you will find that still on Amazon or Abebooks. Veon worked for the UN for many years. Also read Rosa Koire’s ‘Behind the Green Mask’, watch her videos on Youtube, plus those of former Aussie politician Anne Bressington on the topic. It is very clandestine because they know you won’t like it. They are quietly and gradually whittling away your freedoms. Willis & Bond who were all but gifted Horowhenua’s community housing recently, and who have built apartments in Auckland and other places, refer to their retaining of car storage under the apartments because ‘they’ (that’s you) are not ready yet to go car less. We’ll be under “24 hour surveillance” says the CEO, for our safety of course. “Not that it isn’t already safe” he adds, in case the safety term puts you off. This is the plan for Agenda 2030. All living in the cities in ‘human settlement zones’ (their words), in high rise apartments, without cars, all riding bicycles, with our up market smart appliances connected to our smart meters, keeping track of everything we do. At this point in time it’s a choice. They don’t intend for it to remain that way however.

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Since 2012 the Nats have been landbanking some 3K state homes that your forbears built (Photo credit at the link)

The new UN plan (well it’s fairly old actually, it’s just they haven’t fully told us about it yet) is about ‘sustainable development’. But have we seen anything that’s sustainable lately, or ever? The pollution’s getting increasingly worse with only 40% of rivers now swimmable, and while they sell our water offshore for profit (for themselves, & we were told Agenda 21 was about helping the poor) we have to buy it at a much higher price, as much as 500 times more. Then generally we have to filter it because it’s now full of chemicals … added to kill the bacteria from all the pollution.

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Horowhenua, leading the way in ‘Sustainable development’

(Photo : ©EnvirowatchRangitikei)

You may like to read the latest anyway on the loans. They are for the cities only pretty much. (Ask yourself, why are they not helping the rural areas?) And being interest free is quite the offer you can’t refuse, if you are fortunate enough to have a job & a reasonable income of course. Other things to watch for with Agenda 2030 are the rates hikes in rural areas (see what Mangawhai has gone through). A small town resident told me recently he pays more in rates in a town of 6K than he did in Christchurch and has less services. (Also read Naomi Jacobs’ ebook on the topic regarding Kaipara rates – she explains Fabian Socialism for you which is the basis of Agenda 2030 and the ‘religion’ if you like of those who are pushing it).

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Mangaweka in the central North Island, one of the many small formerly thriving towns that our govt/corporation shut down by the withdrawal of essential facilities

Also watch for the deterioration of the roads. They are finishing off what they began a few decades back when they shut down all the services … health, hospitals, banks, post offices, pharmacies and so on. Due to financial constraints we were told at the time, but really just a matter of priorities and what our esteemed leaders told us we would be getting (or not getting as the case would be) and in keeping with this long term Agenda that’s been in the planning for a couple of hundred years or more. Global governance or the new world order as it’s also known by, and which was first announced publicly by Bush Snr after the Gulf War, is not the benign friendly governance they would have you believe. No wars, all in agreement, a healthy environment. No, it is about world dictatorship by one government that is very fascist. If you don’t believe me on fascist, see what happened in the links below to NZ folk who exposed corruption in recent years. Read all the links above also and you will see. I intend to write more on this disturbing plan for ‘global governance’, especially as it applies to us here in NZ, so watch this space.

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Exposing Corruption

See How Rodney District Council Deals to People Who Expose its Corruption Pt 1

Exposing the Pollution of Your waterways May Well Incur a Violent Backlash

Censured Horowhenua councillor claims council is corrupt and orchestrated assaults

Also Related

Aussie Land Grab by Rabo Bank: this is Agenda 21/30 aka sustainable development in full flight, learn about this UN plan to inventory & control literally everything – be warned

Fabian influence on Council developments in NZ

Porirua state homes sit empty for four years while 42K Kiwis remain homeless

The idiocy of this whole farce is breathtaking to say the least. Whilst ex PM Key (who has now slithered from view) has more than one mansion to live and holiday in, our govt/corp buys mansions for its reps abroad and 33K homes sit empty in Auckland owned by off shore speculators with that latter city now the most expensive to buy in planet wide … we have the same establishment lending thousands of dollars to the homeless for emergency motel accommodation & leaving them deep in debt. And these homes (including others) sit empty. Um, who exactly is controlling the purse strings (the same folk who got us neck deep in debt) and why are they not sacked? (They could have loaned that money to the homeless as a deposit on a home). And soon we’ll doubtless have another equally as incompetent set of riders for the very same corporate horse that’s running the show. This is all a crime of obscene proportions … the homelessness I’m referring to. From a nation that once housed all, to folk living in cars, sheds and garages. Shame, shame New Zeeland. Shame on the Nats, shame on Labour too who helped us all down this road that’s looking frightening indeed for many. The steely, cold reality of the UN’s plan for so called ‘sustainable development’. With all their flowery rhetoric they never had any intention of helping the poor or equalizing wealth. People need to wake up to that. The Nats have been LAND BANKING OUR state homes since 2012. Corruption at its ugliest … somewhat thinly disguised gentrification.  This was only ever about enriching the rich who plan eventually to own everything. Don’t believe me? Read Rosa Koire’s ‘Behind the Green Mask’. You’ll find it on Amazon. Or see her on our Agenda 21/30 pages. And read below about the Porirua houses that have sat empty for four years. Write to Nick Smith and tell him how disgusted you are.
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From Stuff.co.nz

First they were too big and now they’re too small but soon, according to Housing New Zealand, four empty houses in Porirua City will be just right.

The properties have been empty for four years, the last tenants relocated so the houses could be earthquake proofed – something HNZ now says they didn’t need.

Ten months after the agency tried to sell the three-bedroom houses because the demand was for smaller homes. It now has plans to remodel the properties into accommodation for larger families.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/94394067/too-big-too-small-for-sale-not-for-sale-porirua-state-homes-sit-empty-for-four-years

LINKS TO OTHER INFO ON EMPTY STATE HOUSES IN NZ

The property developers who bought the Horowhenua community housing are getting “the deal of the century”

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Horowhenua’s pensioner housing sold (Photo Credit: Horowhenua DC)

As we’ve learned since this article below was published by Stuff, the HDC has not exactly highlighted that this deal that is long term and promises wrap around services actually expires in 12 years. This was pointed out by Rob McCann, Labour candidate for Otaki. Add the implications of that to the real deal they are getting and one could be forgiven for thinking they might be land banking, just like the Tamaki Regeneration (aka gentrification) company have. Especially when little mention’s been made to the public on the extra piece of land that goes with the housing (for later provision of possibly even more community housing we’re told). I’ve added comments below from FB’s At the Nua regarding the true bargain the buyers have – plus a copy of the details sent to current tenants of the housing. If all of this is true, Compassion Horowhenua, the company formed one week prior to the sale, will quite likely be laughing all the way to the bank. Well they likely will be in twelve years at any rate. I believe the Horowhenua public may have been thoroughly shafted….

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Horowhenua Council confirms contentious pensioner housing sale largely a done deal

Stuff.co.nz

The sale of Horowhenua’s council-owned pensioner housing may be all but a done deal, but it remains a bitter bone of contention in the district.

At a media briefing on Wednesday, the Horowhenua District Council officially announced the sale of its 115 pensioner housing units was expected to be finalised within the next five weeks.

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“At the Nua” on FB comments:

” “But the council would not confirm the controversial $5.5 million price tag – well below the property portfolio’s rateable value of $7.19 million. It did, however, concede the sale price was less than that.”

Amongst many favourable aspects to the new owner in this deal…

Actually the sale price is $5.25m – the council are gifting $250k to the new owners for maintenance work on the units! Worse still the rateable value is actually over $9m ($7.19m is the “book value” after the units have been depreciated!). Then there’s a concession clearly given on the fact that someone estimates “a projected $4.3m cost to replace 50-60 per cent of the units in the next 25 years”… next 25 years… you’re kidding right? The transfer of the housing loan ($5.2m) means the new owners get the money free until 2029 – a free $5.2m loan for the next 12 years…”

Here is a link to the details given to tenants of the housing:

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Put it all into context & it’s part of the current trend. World wide, government/corporations are selling off our precious public assets to private corporations. It’s part of the UN plan for global governance under Agenda 21/30. By increments over the past three decades they’ve been whittling away our sovereignty and now of course there’s little left of either. And we’re all knee deep in debt.  Key’s made open slather of it all and if the UN’s plan for global governance is a supposedly better system than what we had then we’d better all wake up fast because the evidence is not stacking up. Teen suicide, homelessness, poverty all on the rise while the wealthy are rolling in it. Can you not see something is really wrong with that picture?

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Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 17, 2017

‘The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had to [flee] the site of Grenfell Tower yesterday under police guard, BBC News, 17 June 2017

The Abandonment of a Community

Initially, I wasn’t going to write anything on this tragedy, I figured there would be plenty of analysis as to the whys and the wherefores of a building turned into a funeral pyre but I’ve yet to see the word Austerity used once, just once, in connection with this tragedy, which as usual in this world always impacts the most on working class communities, especially the poor, wherever it occurs.

Instead, we got endless hours, days of BBC hand-wringing, focusing almost exclusively on the (heroic) efforts of a devastated community, ignored and forgotten by their council and the government, with those damn cameras peering into peoples’ grief and ultimately, anger, made all the worse by the state’s total indifference to this calamity.

It took three days for the Prime Minister, Theresa May to visit the site and she had to do it under police guard! It’s only today, now four days later, that the government has finally set up some kind of command centre to deal with distraught relatives and friends of the dead, injured and missing (estimates now put the number of dead as at least 70).

If there’s anything that illustrates the murderous endgame of neoliberalism and what it does to people, this is it! But this is also Baghdad and it’s Damascus and a dozen other places around the globe getting a dose of democracy. Here it’s simple neglect powered by greed but it’s committed by the same governments, the same people who have abandoned wholesale, millions of people in their own backyards and slaughtered millions around the planet.

Source: Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles