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Labour’s housing band aid: currently around 8500 adults & 3888 kids live in NZ motels, costing more than half a billion dollars to date

“Govt accused of running get-rich-quick scheme after National reveals motels being paid millions for emergency accommodation”

And the Nats can’t talk … Key hocked off a large chunk of our state homes to property developers … paid for by our forbears. And Labour’s so far sold off $30 mill worth. As we speak councils NZ wide are hocking off the pensioner housing at fire sale prices. Nats & Labour, same bird, different wings. All in sync with Agenda 21/30. Who listens to their constant banter, maintaining the illusion they are in opposition? And last count we were at some 42K homeless here. During Key’s time, 43K. While treasonous Roger Douglas enjoys his knighthood in luxury. Hailed as a success & rewarded by the very system that is driving the corporate takeover of the wealth of once sovereign nations. EWR

From mainstream’s newshub

“National has accused the Government of running a get-rich-quick scheme for motel owners, some of whom have been earning millions for operating as emergency accommodation.

The party’s housing spokesperson Nicola Willis revealed since Labour came into office:

  • One emergency housing supplier has earned $14.7 million
  • One motel has earned $10.5 million
  • 10 motels have earned more than $5 million
  • 128 emergency housing suppliers have earned more than $1 million

Willis said significant expenditure is the result of policy failure.

“We have community housing providers up and down New Zealand who are ready to provide better housing options and better support to people in need, but instead, this Government thinks it is enough to write a big cheque to a motel.”

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https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/04/govt-accused-of-running-get-rich-quick-scheme-after-national-reveals-motels-being-paid-millions-for-emergency-accommodation.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&fbclid=IwAR05zmNFtCKdmZb9loBGetlHDtc0zPA6Z6gdKHNowdqMU5zhLm7KG62-g4M

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In spite of promises not to, Labour has sold $30mill worth of NZ’s state homes while the homeless live in camp grounds, cars & sheds

Remember NZ’s 42+K homeless? They’re still there, in motels, garages, sheds, tents even (Wellington man faces homelessness in old age)

And so it continues … thousands of dollars spent by the corporation on motels that could be funneled into deposits for houses. Wonder how is treasonous Roger Douglas these days with his big experiment? Oh that’s right, he’s a SIR now & living luxuriously in Auckland last I noted. Along with the other treasonous governments that have sold off our state housing stock & never gotten around to replacing it. EWR

Emergency housing in the Wellington region has almost tripled over the last year, due to the effects of Covid-19 and a shortage of affordable housing. The Ministry of Social Development confirmed that 622 households were currently living in emergency housing, compared with 212 households this time last year.”

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/housing-affordability/124433319/wellington-man-faces-homelessness-in-old-age-after-working-his-whole-life?fbclid=IwAR1B7Rm6Ezd8EFP6ltNUE0_40bzA4w3RVy08deRDE3TXAFsaGqtRrNin-uI

Image by José Manuel de Laá from Pixabay

One NZ man helping the homeless – ‘the riches of the poor’

Amidst all the misery going on, and unprecedented homelessness in a once full nation, gone thanks in large part to treasonous SIR Roger Douglas with his crippling monetary policies and complicity with the banking fraternity … who has retired in luxury with a title … this dear man is a shining light in the darkness. I would rather have his ‘riches’ than those of the money grubbers who profit from misery. Take a bet who sleeps better at night. EWR
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“After securing a lease on 11 hectares of farm land, Te Kai Po Ahururi is sharing it with people not used to having a home.

A once empty and bare stretch of land is becoming a refuge for the homeless and heartbroken.

Te Kai Po Ahuriri, 49, is trying to be the person he needed when he was lost in life, providing people with a home, support and purpose.

The former meth addict and gang member secured a 100-year lease for an 11-hectare block on Old West Rd in Linton, near Palmerston North, from a family trust last year for free.

Dotted throughout the property are one-room shacks he has built with friends and offered at no charge to people with nowhere else to turn.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300215169/this-land-is-our-land-one-mans-mission-to-help-the-homeless?fbclid=IwAR2jfD0VYguLD02QzTIDmxursa6d1KSeGe68sZ0pPuxnr7lGDX-L88nPIxU

Photo: Stuff.co.nz

In spite of promises not to, Labour has sold $30mill worth of NZ’s state homes while the homeless live in camp grounds, cars & sheds

Government sells $30m worth of state houses after Labour promised to stop sales
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/122149832/government-sells-30m-worth-of-state-houses-after-labour-promised-to-stop-sales

RELATED: https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/2-3-mill-for-a-bankers-advice-on-selling-hnz-houses-see-what-else-your-govt-corporation-spends-your-tax-money-on-kiwis/

https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/its-no-accident-the-entire-world-faces-rising-house-prices-homelessness-poverty-watch-bilderberg-the-movie-learn-who-really-controls-the-world/

VIDEO below from Radio NZ

RELATED: 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/

https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/the-tamaki-regeneration-gentrification-scam-exposed-state-homes-gone-to-property-developers-at-undisclosed-prices/

https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/new-zealand-has-worst-level-of-homelessness-in-the-world-labour-says/

Why does it take a pandemic for the NZ corporation to suddenly care about the homeless?

So … suddenly now, after a two month lockdown whilst the world teeters on the edge of economic collapse & suicide stats skyrocket, the NZ corporation parading as a government is borrowing more millions because it suddenly cares about the homeless (having sold off, along with preceding corporations, a large chunk of our perfectly good state housing stock for a song to property developers & the like). Oh that’s right, it’s election year. This can by the way was kicked on down the road around 6 months into Labour’s current term. When last we mentioned this issue the count was at 43K homelessand rising.  EWR

From radionz

Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the funding today, saying it would help vulnerable New Zealanders during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some $31 million of the new funding would be spent on services to support those people’s needs.

“People living rough or in accommodation where social distancing was not possible were especially vulnerable to Covid-19,” she said.

“As of this weekend 876 units have vulnerable individuals and whānau living in them and they are being supported with social services.”

She said more than 1100 additional motel units had already been secured for people without housing by government agencies, community housing, iwi and Māori providers since the alert levels were put in place.

Dr Woods said the funding would ensure people continued to be housed for the longer term, with 1600 units being funded,

“Many of the people living in the motels have high and complex needs and it’s crucial they get support,” she said.

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/415165/government-announces-100m-for-housing-homeless

It’s no accident the entire world faces rising house prices, homelessness & poverty : watch Bilderberg the Movie & learn who really controls the world

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

From Jenese James

I watched Bilderberg The Movie last night –  (written & Produced by Daniel Estulin, Directed by Joan Cutrina).  I have read his books, and asked him if anyone from NZ has been to Bilderbergs, but that was quite a few years ago – over a decade – when I used to write about these sorts of things – he said to his knowledge no – I might ask him again since it was before the days of John Key. I highly recommend watching this documentary on Prime for free or hire/buy it at this link – if you are not familiar with how things work then this will open your eyes.

Any how – its really important to comprehend that we are living in the time of revealing – where nothing can be hidden not even by these people – now they are all in plain sight…

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NZ’s 43K homeless – shame, Roger Douglas!

EnvirowatchRangitikei Read up on Douglas’s globalist Neo Liberal economics experiment that they crow was a success. Was for them but for the majority, complete disaster. Screwed our nation big time & still doing it. Liars. He is a SIR now. You can hear him interviewed recently at this link. He claims his policies worked & witness the fact no successive govts changed them. That is because they are also globalists (not to mention also that ours and theirs are corporations not governments). Meanwhile we have child poverty (2nd highest in developed world), high suicide rate & yes, 43K homeless. The Nats sold off our state housing. Thousands of good homes to access the real estate under them. These people are thieves and robbers.  They are not serving the NZ people at all. They simply pretend to. EWR

 

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Can’t buy a home? That’s the idea & this is why

EWR (EnviroWatchRangitikei)

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tom scott dom post today date is 4 may 16

Just 17 months in and Willis & Bond property developers have raised the rents on the former Horowhenua DC pensioner flats (updated)

AN UPDATE @ 8 JUNE 2021: Rents will rise shortly by $10 pwk. (EWR)

PLEASE NOTE, THIS POST WAS REMOVED FROM FACEBOOK BECAUSE IT VIOLATES COMMUNITY STANDARDS, I KID YOU NOT. EWR.

Willis & Bond with front company Compassion Housing raised tenants’ rents in July 2019 by $15 per week. These are the flats that were all but gifted to the property developers Willis &Bond, a sale that so many Horowhenua people vigorously opposed. At the time of the sale at a fire sale price the public were told the then current contracts with tenants would remain the same. Those were set to end however within 12 years.

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Other changes introduced since the takeover have been the banning of cats for pensioners. Once pets that tenants currently own die, they are not allowed to obtain another. Since pets for the elderly are known to be very therapeutic. one is left wondering, what ever are Willis & Bond thinking?

Here in NZ we have entered a new era in terms of housing. We currently have 43K+ homeless and climbing, they are building hospices for the aged (hospices used to be for the terminally ill), your corporation that parades as a government is pondering on euthanasia, our state homes continue to disappear from availability as we speak (land banked, simply bulldozed as tenants tell me, or are sold to property developers) & Labour’s promise to replace them has been kicked a bit further down the road. Neo-lib economics. Profits are more important than people. Our forbears who worked hard to ensure all Kiwis were housed & fed would turn in their graves if they could see what is happening now.

Note: this situation in no way reflects on the staff of Compassion Housing or their quality of service as housing providers. They are doing their job as employees of the company they work for. However, when put up for sale by HDC it was promised the flats would go to a housing provider. They did not keep their promise, the flats were all but gifted to a property developer & many of us were not duped by the partnership that ensued.

EWR

WARNING: THIS WILL UPSET YOU… AGENDA 21 PLANNERS DISCUSS YOUR FUTURE

QUOTE: “You know, the fact of the matter is people have too much space in their houses … if we could just share our space with other family members we would reduce our housing needs right there…” 

This I find hypocritical, ironic as well, in light of a common question asked by landlords ‘how many of you will be living here?’ followed by the predictable statement … ‘you can’t bring all your family here to live’, the stereotype being that indigenous people like living together in over crowded conditions. Further on in this video they cite Asian families doing so & suddenly now it’s a great thing because it suits the liars’ agenda. Initially it was better for consumerism that we are all separate in separate households racking up purchases & inevitably debt these days because we have abandoned the old ways … and now the Agenda 21/30 agenda is for us to occupy cramped stack & pack housing in their smart cities and it’s all okay. Don’t be fooled folks, they really are not for you. They are for their own ends only. Sustainable Development aka Agenda 21 is a scam being foisted upon you by stealth. Remember the bedroom tax in the UK? They’ve hinted at it here as well with the last census asking for an indication of the number of rooms in our houses. Similarly with the remaining State Housing stock (the state asset that the corrupt corporates have flogged off for pennies on the dollar to developers, some 22% of it by the last government) … so when a person’s partner dies or a parent of children living in a state home, they swoop in with eviction notices because of ‘wasted’ space, and demand they move into smaller accommodation. At that previous link 5 grieving children are evicted prior to their mother’s taangi being arranged! And locals said this kind of occurrence was not uncommon.  Now if you think I’m being conspiratorial just watch & see how it pans out. A reader contacted me some time ago with an OIA response from the Christchurch District Council stating that they aren’t following an Agenda 21 agenda and that this is actually called Sustainable Development. I note however that Kaikoura District Council does (scroll to ‘Earthcheck’). Agenda 21 is named on their website.

At least listen & hear from the horse’s mouth here in the video what they have planned for you. Remember this is global not just California. EWR

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Published on May 6, 2015

Please make this video viral. This is the how and the why of all the Agenda 21 we see in Southern California.


If you are new to Agenda 21 now known as Agenda 2030 (the updated version) search for other articles at ‘categories’, at the left of any page. Further you can visit the Agenda 21/30 pages at the main menu, top of the page. There is a NZ sub page & an Agenda 21/30 video page. The Agenda 21 topic  has had people watching and speaking out since the ’90s when it all began with the Summit at Rio De Janeiro. It is basically the action plan for global governance aka one world government aka new world order,  hiding under a nice palatable green mask so you won’t gag at the prospect (on that note do watch Rosa Koire’s videos on YT, also on our pages). It is being slipped into countries via their councils that signed on at the initial Summit (yes NZ did, and you probably never heard about it… called ICLEI councils). Another who has cottoned on to this plan by stealth is ex Aussie Politician Anne Bressington. You can listen to her at this link. Another is Joan Veon, a very early forerunner who was close to the UN in the course of her work during the ’90s so she was right at the coal face joining dots. Her very interesting video called Public Private Partnerships is a real eye opener and describes how private corporations are acquiring your public assets right under your noses. All over NZ local Councils are doing this behind closed doors (aka public excluded meetings) … scooping up your council lands and buildings, frequently their social housing,  telling us they are ‘surplus to requirements’. Frequently sold for a song to council insiders, with whistle blowers on that ignored & not reported on by mainstream media. Educate yourself while the info is still available, remembering the digital book burning that is going on. EWR

 

A local is addressing homelessness … Building A Whare Uku – an Earth House in the Far North

Some very good news from the Far North. “Don’t wait for the Government” says Reuben Porter. I think we all know why we shouldn’t. EWR

From Bryan Bruce’s VIDEO channel, producer of the award winning doco Mind the Gap on poverty in NZ. An excellent watch.

BUILDING A WHARE UKU

While traveling in the the Far North of New Zealand a couple of years ago Bryan  Bruce  met Ruben Porter who has come up with his own solution to solving New Zealand’s affordable housing problem. It’s called the Whare Uku or a house made out of the earth . With he assistance of the University of Auckland’s engineering department Rueben is building beautiful homes using rammed earth construction and locally milled timber. But as I discovered Rueben’s not doing it just for himself but to help others.

https://www.nzptv.org.nz/videos/building-and-earht-house

Photo: Video screenshot

Agenda 21 Stack & Pack Mega-Cities

You will live near where you work. This plan is global & already we have signs of it in NZ. The stack & packs are situated near or around the transport/rail center of your cities. Do have a listen, hear those familiar terms, ‘sustainable’, ‘climate change’, ‘greenhouse emissions’, all very much part of Agenda 21 rhetoric. Our NZ planning documents carry the same. The ones about maintaining water quality etc certainly make you gag. The video is interspersed with the actual planning meetings … you will hear how people will be gotten out of their cars and onto bikes or public transport. Out of homes with lawns and into high rise apartments. Note how they haven’t come out and told this to our faces? It’s all gift wrapped & disguised with that new vocabulary. They are fond of repackaging. One discussion tells the planners how to disguise the term ‘toll roads’. They know perfectly well people will not swallow that.

 

$230K for teams with Police & military backgrounds to ‘battle’ beggars in Hamilton – the new face of ‘humanitarianism’?

Who ever would have thought four decades ago that NZ would ever come to this? A country that once saw all were housed and had jobs until treasonous Roger Douglas got all the corporate snouts in the public trough & sold us down the river. I’ve read recently that studies reveal it Is cheaper to actually house the homeless than to spend this kind of money policing them.

Giving Homes to the Homeless is Cheaper Than Leaving them on the Street. Here’s Proof
One study cited by Mother Jones tracked 4,679 chronically homeless people in New York City and found that their emergency room visits, jail costs, shelter stays, and other uses of public welfare programs cost, on average, $40,449 per person, per year. When they were put in supportive housing, the state saved $16,282 per person. Denver conducted a similar study and found that for each homeless person given supportive housing, taxpayers saved $17,858 per person each year over a two-year period. And according to a Mother Jones infographic, support housing for a homeless person in Los Angeles’ Skid Row cost taxpayers just $605 per person, per month, as opposed to $2,897 per person per month if they remained on the street.   READ MORE AT THE LINK

Read stuff’s article below on how NZ is literally tackling poor vulnerable citizens forced to live on the streets. In a proven not cost effective way.  How ever will the government house the incoming thousands of refugees I wonder? After all they’ve hocked off a large chunk of our state owned houses (to profiteer on the real estate under them) and they could’ve kept those for refugees and Kiwis … and they’re now building high rise stack and pack apartments in the cities instead. High rise chicken coops all wired up to 5G no doubt. And their goal with this mission here is to make you feel safer? EWR

From stuff.co.nz

“Hamilton City Council has recruited a team of five to combat begging in the suburbs.

The one-year trial, set to cost $230,000, is an extension of the City Safe service and will target nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

The team, which will work seven days a week, will patrol suburbs including Dinsdale, Hillcrest and Hamilton East.

The goal is to make people feel safer in their communities, according to a statement from council.”

READ MORE:
Hamilton seen as central city safety leader: council
Begging spike in Hamilton’s suburbs after CBD crackdown
Hamilton’s homeless: From the city centre to the suburbs

“The new staff come from a variety of backgrounds including police, military and security,” City Safe Operations manager Paul Blewman said.

“The team speak numerous languages including Chinese, Indian, Filipino and Korean which will be a benefit when working with Hamilton’s multicultural population.”

The service was agreed to by council in the 2019/2020 Annual Plan.

“Success of City Safe in the central city to deter begging and anti-social behaviour has resulted in an increase in complaints about such behaviour now occurring in a number of suburban areas where there is no City Safe presence,” according to a council document.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/114069839/council-create

Plans for 34,500 new homes at Pukekohe… looking like Agenda 21/30 pack & stack housing

A NZ Herald article tells us we have 34,500 homes being built for folk in Pukekohe & Drury over the next 30 years. From what I am seeing it looks like typical Agenda 21/30 pack and stack housing, packing you into the A21 Smart Cities (see also the NZ page). To learn more about those watch the video below where in the US the plan is a bit further along. In it you will see that some will be ready wired to the smart grid. (A brief update at 1/6/20 I was told recently of a new house, part of new state house rebuilds … where the house will not function apart from wifi … in the event of a power outage the tenant will not be able to exit their garage). With 5G  (further video at link) this all makes sense. These corporates have deprived New Zealanders of a great proportion of our once state-owned asset, State housing, bulldozing them still as we speak. Key sold off some 21% of our state housing I heard recently, see the article on the land banking that went on in Tamaki and elsewhere under his watch. And so with the real estate under them gone for a song to the property developers via their public private partnerships (listen to Joan Veon at the link, see this NZ link also), the homeless, victims of our manufactured housing crisis are currently sleeping in cars, garages, sheds you name it, while the current NZ corporation parading as a government prepares for you the compact city living apartments that superficially may look great but be aware they have a different agenda in mind. Watch the video of one of NZ’s developers who was all but gifted the Horowhenua pensioner housing with property thrown in courtesy of the local council. He was speaking in a NZ Herald interview on one of his high rise housing developments on Auckland’s waterfront. In it he speaks about garages under the apartments. The apartments are safe he said because they have 24/7 surveillance, his words, and when questioned about car spaces he replied ‘people are not ready yet to be car less’ so garages are included at this stage. All looks pretty benign but be aware they envision you will be on bicycles and out of cars (notice all the cycle ways … they’re not really about your health folks). They of course will remain in their cars, same as they remain in their private jets to attend those scam climate conventions or their G7 summits in top class locations. They only pay lip service to the great ideas they are foisting upon you, it is you who won’t be.

READ THE HERALD ARTICLE below about Drury & Pukekohe plans

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12256215

The NZ Herald interview with NZ property developer & a car less future:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503079&gal_cid=1503079&gallery_id=149812

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THE ‘BENEFITS OF CLOSER LIVING FOR KIWI HOMEBUYERS’, A GROWING TREND THAT HAS ITS ORIGINS IN UN AGENDA 21/30


Below are two videos that show you the pack and stack housing in the US where it is being rolled out with vigor.

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Here are links to many other videos on the stack and pack topic
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pack+n+stack+smart+housing+agenda+21

NOTE the images below and the similarities of NZ’s plan (drawing) to photos of those being built in the US & elsewhere. The Agenda 21 plan is to eventually eliminate private property. And particularly the single family homes. So in the videos you will see single family homes with these huge complexes right adjacent and towering over them. The plan for these apartment blocks is that they will become state owned. Socialist state in plain sight if you study it carefully. (Watch the videos, read the info. There is a series of basic info at this link ).

Header Photo:  Auckland Council

Other photos: screen shots from the videos featured

Whanganui District Councillors told of desperation for housing in submissions

Remember the Whanganui woman living in a tent? NZ has a housing crisis. Some 22% of the state housing stock I heard today (a public owned asset) sold by the National Govt … they largely sold these to developers. I hear of folk who were evicted or pressured out of their STATE homes, who are still homeless. There are more than 43K people homeless now, living in cars, garages, you name it. We all I’m sure want to help refugees but on that topic aside there appears to be more to the agenda than meets the eye. Shades of Denmark and all of that. Perhaps all of the millions pocketed by the currently well favored developers could be diverted to building more houses for both our homeless and the refugees? (And pigs might fly). Can you see the incongruity in it all? The sustainable crew who are all for equal rights if you read their plan, when it comes down to it they’d prefer you shared your garage or tent with the newcomers, not them. As we speak they swan around the planet in their private jets (attending climate conferences!!) whilst instructing us to curb our carbon footprint. (Let us know if you hear of empty state homes, bulldozed state homes, state home evictions or similar). EWR

 

Whanganui District Councillors told of desperation for housing in submissions

NZ Herald
Whanganui’s “desperate” housing shortage has been laid bare before councillors by those on the frontline.

A hearing on the Whanganui District Council’s draft Housing Strategy was held this week with 12 of the 38 submitters presenting to councillors.

READ MORE (you will have to sub to read the whole article, further related article below)

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=12254412&fbclid=IwAR0QSq0sT-FuE8Af0RS-kAW9dL6infwXW5mCt4Fk0VkJVp_FucdaLbLzSrM

 

Focus on housing squeeze, not refugees – Whanganui mayor

RadioNZ

A Whanganui migrant advocate has criticised an iwi leader for saying the city should house Māori before it takes on refugees – but others say he has a point about the city’s housing crisis.
Whanganui mayor Hamish McDouall said the city’s housing crisis needed to be addressed and refugees were not the cause. 

Whanganui was chosen as a refugee resettlement destination in February. About 30 refugees – or three to five families – are due to to arrive from April next year. Up to 110 refugees are expected every year thereafter.

Whanganui Tupoho iwi leader Ken Mair disrupted an Immigration New Zealand meeting in the city earlier this week.

READ MORE:

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/other/focus-on-housing-squeeze-not-refugees-whanganui-mayor/ar-AAF8yfo

Photo: Wikipedia

NZ’s dirty little secret since 2005 that your housing minister won’t be interviewed on

From NZ’s ‘Breakfast’ program with John Campbell …

So nobody, Nats included, has done anything about this?

Eleven thousand dollars a year for a box? And your government happily subsidizes these rents to the sharks. Same way they draw the unfortunate homeless into thousands of dollars of (depressing) debt for residing in motels when that money could have been loaned towards a house.

Our recent inquiries are revealing the demolition (if you call bulldozing demolition) of state homes as we speak still. Taken out at around three or more at a time. Perfectly good homes. A post will be coming on that but folk tell me they are observing homes sitting empty for up to 18 months still since a loved one died. Also stories of people evicted for no good reason, or purportedly for the building of new homes, with none appearing up to a year later.

This is predatory, property developers’ heaven basically. Where anything goes & by some accounts you even choose which race you’d prefer in your slums. More to come. EWR

What does the housing crisis look like when you’re trapped at the bottom of the heap?

John Campbell went to a controversial caravan park in West Auckland, where people are living in barely-habitable circumstances.

Have you seen any State Homes sitting empty for any length of time?

Given our current homeless problem (43+K) & shortage of housing I’m seeing state homes boarded up, selling, sold etc. Penny Bright exposed the thousands of homes sold off in Tamaki & elsewhere to property developers. I’ve also heard of private folk buying them for a virtual song. Some folk who were evicted from these who are still homeless. Then there’s the P scam with many sales, the tale spun by the Nats that justified sell offs. Also the folk being placed in emergency motel accommodation. I’ve heard of folk leaving those with $85K debt because WINZ loaned the money for that accommodation. The only real beneficiaries of that scheme of course are the moteliers. How is it rocket science to simply have lent that $85 to the homeless person towards a new house? Even a tiny home, a container home or similar? If you have stories to tell about any of these scenarios, and would like to write them down (doesn’t have to be flash writing, just as you would speak) & send them to me with any relevant images even. Comment in comments below with your email, I won’t publish that but will contact you & delete the comment. Alternatively contact me via the contact page. One scenario that’s been told me since posting this is that of bulldozed state homes, very recently too. We are in the middle of a housing crisis & they are bulldozing perfectly good looking houses… a formerly state owned asset down the gurgler of course courtesy of Roger Douglas. So if you can report any thing like this, let me know how long ago they were bulldozed & the addresses where they were. We are told these sections will have new community houses built on them. Have you seen any being built? If you’ve noticed any houses/units etc also that have sat empty or boarded up for a while can you send me a pic with the following info if you have it:
1) current date & about how long it’s been empty

2) if you happen to know anything about the last tenants as in why they left (just left, were evicted, muscled out?)

3) is it for sale?

4) what town/area/city is it?

5) do you have any other info about it

5) if you’ve been housed in a motel, did you leave with debt to repay to WINZ?

I’d like to compile these & get a general picture of the extent of former HNZ homes being land banked. Needless to say your personal details would be kept confidential & unpublished. (People have already indicated they know of homes that have been empty for up to 18 months & more for no apparent reason).

Below are images of just a few of the Tamaki homes exposed by Penny Bright as land banked. Search ‘state housing’ in categories on these stories (left of page). 

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Solving homelessness in Auckland – tiny houses & their communities

From Re: on Facebook

Awesome solution to being homeless … the tiny houses with their little communities.
Be aware also though, we are being forced down this track by a corporate elite that has sold off our state homes for decades now … land banking them even … while people sleep in sheds, garages, tents & their cars. We have 43K homeless people & climbing, and this elite have no intention of properly fixing this anomaly … they are complicit in the Agenda 2030 plans to herd us all into the smart (not) cities they have planned. (See our Agenda 21/30 pages).

“Michelle may live in a tiny house, but she moved there to fulfill a big dream” 🏡🙏

 

The shamelessness of NZ’s neo-lib property barons

As my late mama would have said, they’re like pigs into muck. Wallowing in profits they are … like there’s no tomorrow.

And as Christine Lagarde CE of IMF said (infamously):

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Neo lib is great at kicking the can down the road & hollering ‘let ’em eat cake’. And so for Kiwis since Rogernomics, increasing numbers have found themselves unable to buy a home or even find one to rent these days. We have 43K homeless, many of those living in sheds, garages & even cars. Unheard of once in the (once) clean, green Godzone.

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I went with someone recently to look at accommodation in a block of rental apartments in a NZ city.

On the Real Estate ads the flat looked not too bad really. Not top of the line at the price but average & humbly comfortable… by the looks. The yard also. Even a google street view showed a not too bad looking block of apartments. However, in real time I was in for a big shock. It was basically a 21st Century ‘slum’. Rubbish lying around in the open garages, old furniture left behind presumably by tenants, paint peeling off the exterior of this pair of two storied concrete edifices, shabby curtains, weeds galore growing out of the concrete and the tenants communal open decking at the center looking nothing like the nice on line images. Certainly not maintained or kept up to date since the google pics.

There was more in store.

The real estate employee & myself wended our way up the two flights of concrete stairs outside of the narrow landing that led to the only entrance to the ‘apartment’. Once inside, there was the musty smell of old damp, stained carpet, a cracked window & paint peeling off the ceiling.

Depressing & Dickensian really.

I asked if they intended repainting. Oh yes the worst paint-peeling ceiling (only) would be painted eventually, but not before (the lucky) tenant moved in. And ‘had we looked at anything else yet?’ checking to see if we realized how scarce the housing supply currently was. (I was well aware having just noted a woman now camping because her rental had sold). I asked if it was up to earthquake proof standard. ‘I hope so’ was the reply. A call later to the government tenancy services told me (rather vaguely) that no there had been no rule changes since 2010, 2011, hinting presumably at the Christchurch quake that remember killed hundreds of people. I reminded her that nobody had ever been held accountable for the CTV building collapse and the people who died in that 18268659_1343296322419383_2746687511390678241_npreventable disaster. Her only advice was that tenants should complain about these things (yeah right). I politely reminded her that there is a housing crisis & tenants are on a back foot. I really wouldn’t be holding my breath that the (well known) Real Estate Agent that starts with ‘H’ would be either painting or ensuring it was earthquake safe in the foreseeable future. In my humble opinion it was being milked for all it was worth, just as the housing crisis is being milked, until finally it’ll be bulldozed for the prime real estate it is (yes on a hill, over looking water … albeit stinkingly polluted water courtesy of sewage & other disposal for over half a century by local Councils like the rest of the country’s councils, doing what they do best … can kicking).

15541907_1166773550086274_2314970506684602516_nI had a  search around the newspapers about the current housing ‘crisis’ (they write about it like it’s a big surprize that’s come from left field … nary a mention of the thousands of state homes, a public asset hocked off by Key’s government to property developers). I found many articles on people’s awful predicaments. We have folk in NZ living in garages, sheds and even their cars. This is a crisis Jacinda was intending to make a dent in but has indicated it’s now being kicked down the road a bit further, more foot dragging from our esteemed authorities.

Thanks Roger Douglas. Your experiment on the NZ public isn’t working.

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RELATED: 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

 

 

A Whanganui woman has been camping by the river because she cannot find a rental property – neo lib isn’t working Roger Douglas

This was late January, a further article says someone is obtaining a caravan for her but they need somewhere to park it. Of course we can no longer park those just anywhere & in a camping facility, ‘sorry, not long term’. And Whanganui, like many other places in the clean & green (not) land of the ‘blessed’ (few) is experiencing a housing crisis … with 43K homeless in NZ as rental properties sell up like hot cakes. But well, it’s a case of ‘let them eat cake’ pretty much thanks to Roger Douglas & his great neo-lib experiment on the NZ public. And further thanks to Key for more latterly getting rid of so many of our state homes for the benefit of property developers. They should both be jailed for treason.

They’ve brought hard times for the majority & for the rest of their own ilk, they’re now profiteering like pigs into muck.

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Good homes for people, sold to property developers by the thousands thanks to the Key corporation

 
From the NZ Herald

As thousands of New Zealanders enjoy camping holidays this summer, one Whanganui woman is not enjoying the experience.

Helen (not her real name) says she has no alternative but to camp with her pets after losing her rented home late last year.

“I had been renting a cottage on a lifestyle block in Hunterville but the property was sold and the new owners wanted to renovate the dwelling.”

The 64-year-old has rescued many unloved pets during her lifetime and while most have been rehomed, some were living with her and have become her own loved pets.

“I have given away two cats and a couple of goats but I still have three cats, one medium-sized and one small dog and one goat.”

Danny the goat may yet be rehomed but Helen wants to keep him with her if she can because she has had him since he was a “runty little kid”.

“I consider them to be my family and I was upset when a WINZ case worker said I should ask the SPCA to take them.”

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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12197323

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NEW ZEALAND HAS WORST LEVEL OF HOMELESSNESS IN THE WORLD, LABOUR SAYS

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Are we surprised that Labour’s interim housing targets are scrapped?

The usual foot dragging with nary a mention of all the state house (aka property) sell offs. Forty three thousand still homeless, living in cars, garages & sheds. That hasn’t all gone away meantime, rents soar  to beyond affordable and agents I see now have the luxury of letting applicants make the highest bid. At least the developers are happy. They’ve been having a heyday since Key’s regime.

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Sad what NZ has become. I spotted a video recently extolling the virtues of Rogernomics. By the Free To Choose, trickle down theorists. Couldn’t resist commenting, ” What a wonderful success this was. We now have 43K homeless. Large part of our State housing stock gone to property developers. One of the highest suicide rates in the world. Highest rate of child poverty in the developed world. Rivers so filthy you can only now swim in 40% of them. Oh and lets not forget the $124,518, 490, 682 debt last time I looked. Great stuff Roger Douglas. First pain (for the poor) then gain (for the rich).

So the KiwiBuild is to be recalibrated as the interim targets are scrapped reports stuff which is of course fancy corporate speak for ‘homelessness is not really a priority’.

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The must watch at this point is Bryan Bruce’s ‘Mind the Gap’ documentary. He exposes all of the above. 

KiwiBuild to be ‘recalibrated’ as interim targets are scrapped

KiwiBuild’s “interim” targets for this electoral term have been scrapped as the Government recalibrates the programme.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Housing Minister Phil Twyford told media from their caucus retreat on Wednesday that their commitment to building 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade remains intact, but the interim targets for this term did not.

The Government has been dealing with the fallout from an admission by Twyford that the Government would not be able build 1000 of the homes by July 1, its first interim target. Instead it expects to build just 300.

The KiwiBuild policy aims to build 100,000 affordable homes for first-home buyers over 10 years, half of them in Auckland.

While in Opposition, Labour said the “ramp-up” period would mean only 16,000 of those homes would be built in its first term. Once in Government, Twyford set three interim targets to get to that 16,000 – 1000 by July 2019, another 5000 by July 2020, and another 10,000 by July 2021.

Those targets are now gone, but new interim targets could appear as part of the recalibration process.

Ardern said the interim targets had not been a “useful way” to demonstrate the Government’s progress on the policy.

“Yes we still need to be transparent, we still need to demonstrate to voters the progress we are making.”

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/110263289/kiwibuild-to-be-recalibrated-as-interim-targets-are-scrapped?cid=app-iPhone&fbclid=IwAR30ivggqV_095hc0XtjxVqiA6Wd1J9zq1rW4Wo86w8qWoQZyWHI3l0O3oE

A Napier 1 BR rental gets 900 replies – families are in ‘absolute desperation’ & it isn’t rocket science ‘why’

Remember how the National party sold off literally thousands of our State Homes? Homes built so that no NZers would be without a roof over their heads.

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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

THE GENTRIFICATION OF TAMAKI UNDER THE GUISE OF ‘REGENERATION’ SCAM – THE SALE OF YOUR STATE ASSETS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AT UNDISCLOSED PRICES

There were some very big question marks over the legality of some of those sales….

WHY IS A CROWN ENTITY COMPANY WITH $1.6 BILLION OF FORMER HOUSING NZ PROPERTIES NOT LISTED UNDER SCH 4A OF THE PUBLIC FINANCE ACT, OR SCH 2 OF THE CROWN ENTITIES ACT?

Thousands of properties land banked for greedy property developers, now laughing all the way to the banks. Those homes once helped house the now 43K plus homeless we have in NZ.

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Over the recent years as these houses disappeared, I’ve read many comments from bloggers who have also watched this. Many folk were evicted from our State Homes with what appears to be little good justification. One I read the other day, folk in the Wellington region were evicted for property development, and the evicted are still homeless. Following is the tale of another unfortunate Tamaki family evicted just weeks after their mother died:

THE CROWN OWNED TAMAKI REGENERATION CO. EVICTS 5 GRIEVING CHILDREN 3 WKS AFTER THEIR MOTHER’S DEATH – A NOT UNCOMMON OCCURRENCE WE’RE TOLD

So, no surprizes that now folk are languishing in garages, sheds, cars even. Unable to put a roof over their heads due also to the obscenely large rentals being charged, all helped along by the fact there is little housing to be had. The good old supply & demand mentality on steroids that is now seeing the rich getting richer & the poor getting even poorer. Thanks to Roger Douglas & the Neo Liberal ‘experiment’.

Here is the article highlighting the rental shortage in Napier.

From rnz.co.nz

Napier families who are desperate for housing are applying for flatshares and one-bedroom units.

A Napier landlord who posted an advertisement for a one-bedroom unit on TradeMe got more than 900 inquiries within 24 hours.

“We pulled it because we got 946 replies… I honestly couldn’t believe there were that many people wanting a place.”

The one-bedroom unit in Tamatea was available for $285 a week.

Several applicants were families who simply could not find anywhere else to live, he said.

“We put in the ad that it was not suitable for families or children, but they were quite willing to say the kids can sleep in the bedroom and we’ll sleep in the lounge.”

Most of those who inquired were unwilling to fill in an application form asking for reference checks and a police check.

This helped the landlord whittle down the list to about 50 people, who were invited to view the property at an open day, he said.

“Even then you could tell some people were desperate, a couple of them had tears in their eyes when they were talking to us.”

Another Napier man searching for two flatmates to share his Ahuriri home said he was getting dozens of calls and texts each day – and many were from families.

On four different occasions he had families turning up to sign a tenancy, when he was expecting a single person to show up.

“They led me to believe that the room was only for one person,” he said.

Hawke’s Bay Properties director Dee Penno was not surprised.

“There is just absolute desperation out there,” she said.

“You get all these applicants and how do you pick? Which desperate person do you pick?”

More than 200 inquiries had already been made in response to a current TradeMe ad for a one-bedroom flat in the Napier suburb of Maraenui, available for $260 a week.

Prospective tenants would often offer more than the advertised price in order to secure a home, Ms Penno said.

“And I also have people that ring up literally two minutes after I’ve listed it wanting to see the house before anyone else, begging down the phone.”

Proposed new requirements for rental properties, such as insulation and heating, would make the situation worse, Ms Penno said.

A lot of landlords had sold up over the last 18 months, because of the buoyant market in Hawke’s Bay, she said.

And she predicted it would only get worse, if stricter requirements for rental properties came into force.

“It is scaring a lot of landlords off… and I think we will see a lot of Mum and Dad investors with one rental property saying ‘this is too hard, we’re out’,” she said.

Hawke’s Bay rents had risen the fastest in the country, jumping 14 percent in the last year to a record high of $480 in August, according to figures from TradeMe.

The number of emergency housing special needs grants given to pay for emergency motel accommodation had tripled in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne between the March and June quarters, Ministry for Social Development (MSD) figures showed.

More people were coming to MSD for help, just as it had asked them to, an MSD spokesperson said.

MSD usually saw an increase in those needing help over the winter months.

“A high proportion of the people on the Social Housing Register in the East Coast region are living in insecure housing – accommodation that is unsuitable on a long-term basis. Winter will be making things worse for those people,” MSD said.

By Anusha Bradley

rnz.co.nz

 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/napier-rental-squeeze-leaves-families-in-absolute-desperation

New Zealand has worst level of homelessness in the world, Labour says

A piece of old news that mainstream is highlighting again without pointing to the obvious instigators of the whole thing pre labour, the sale by nats of thousands of state homes. Not rocket science really is it? Still, the property developers had a field day & laughed all the way to the banks owned by their buddies. Key’s managing one now I believe and NZ’s debt he racked up, well that appears to have benefited him as well. Under neo lib economics the poor can just eat cake as far as they are concerned.

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From Stuff

New research indicates New Zealand has some of the worst rates of homelessness in the developed world.

At the last census in 2013 there were roughly 41,705 Kiwis who were “severely housing deprived” – about 1 per cent of the population.

Using data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Yale study has compared the statistics to those from other developed nations, which put New Zealand on top of the list on a per-capita basis – although the researchers note significant comparability issues thanks to the differing ways each country measures homelessness.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/94983470/new-zealand-has-worst-level-of-homelessness-in-the-world-labour-say

25 years ago 74% of all NZ households lived in their own home … so who owns NZ now? (Bryan Bruce)

To watch Bryan Bruce’s revealing documentary at Youtube, click on this link. 
This is a real eye opener, especially if you were born after the nineties. I remember how it was as do all the other folk of my generation. Pre Rogernomics ripoff. And I heard/read recently a comment by Roger Douglas who conceded Rogernomics may not have been a good thing or words to that effect. (A woops in other words). I don’t buy that. He & others like him were well looked after following the ruination of our country. Travelling the world, educating others on their supposed ‘success’, teaching their policies of structural adjustment. Successfully ruined a lot of people & feathered their own nests would be more to the point. These people have no heart for those who suffer at their hands. Zilch.

Published on Oct 15, 2017

Analysis of the New Zealand housing crisis and solutions to it by award winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce

Auckland Council names 25 blocks with cladding cores like Grenfell Tower

We followed the Grenfell Tower disaster (crime) for a time & have revisited it again recently with the anniversary this month. Many of those people are still not rehoused from that shameful gentrification debacle. If you visit the blogs of the Grenfell Action Group you’ll see as is common with these corporate coverups, a long standing battle with landlords/Councils etc over the lack of safety & the fire risk in that tower before & immediately prior to the disaster. I believe also from many reports on the ground that the numbers of fatalaties were also vastly under stated. People were also advised (as is apparently customary) to remain in their apartments, thereby more fatalities occurred. What a crime. Human life – the shameful ‘throw away’ mentality of those who ride on the backs of the poor. The cladding was the cheaper option … it saved money & lost lives. As for NZ, remember the CTV building in the Christchurch earthquake? Nobody has been held accountable for the many lives lost in that building and should have been. And we have similar inflammable fire risk cladding on our buildings? No worries, they have got that all covered we’re told….


From the NZ Herald

Owners of the buildings have been told about the claddings but McCormick stressed the buildings were not necessarily dangerous to occupy because they had extensive fire protection measures such as sprinklers, alarms and escape routes.

Auckland Council has just released a list of 25 buildings with exterior aluminium composite claddings like the Grenfell Tower in London, where a fire last year killed more than 70 people.

But the council stressed the Auckland buildings with the flammable polyethylene cores in their claddings are not necessarily dangerous because they have other means of fire protection.

The huge Waitakere Stadium at Henderson, certain Auckland Hospital buildings in Grafton, Spark’s four-building campus in Victoria St, large residential blocks in the Viaduct and CBD, the huge PwC building on the city’s waterfront, TVNZ’s headquarters on Victoria St, Auckland University’s Owen Glenn Building and many apartment blocks appear on the list.

After a Herald official information request, the council named 116 buildings it said “appear to utilise ACP cladding to some extent”.

“In some cases the cladding material has a modified fire resistant core. Far fewer cases have cladding with a combustible polyethylene core,” said council building consents general manager Ian McCormick.

“The extent and use of ACP on the buildings varies considerably from the full facade, to decorative features only and many buildings examined did not contain ACP at all,” he said.

Owners of the buildings have been told about the claddings but McCormick stressed the buildings were not necessarily dangerous to occupy because they had extensive fire protection measures such as sprinklers, alarms and escape routes.

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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?

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Protesting for justice over the Grenfell Tower crime

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Big business Australian Chamber of Commerce proposal to convert age pension payments into a loan – then deduct the sum from home when it is sold!

From thecontrail.com

An article from Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Assn (Australia)

If big business got its way, the age pension would be a loan rather than a safety net payment …

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http://thecontrail.com/forum/topics/why-bill-english-resigns-and-big-business-australian-chamber-of-c

 

The ‘benefits of closer living for Kiwi homebuyers’, a growing trend that has its origins in UN Agenda 21/30

This is Agenda 21/30. To the casual eye it is nothing more than downsizing and practicality, and yes, in some cases that may be what’s wanted. Fair enough. I’m not saying every move toward tiny housing or closer living is this agenda. But in the overall larger picture, it is becoming a growing trend as this UN agenda kicks in. You owe it to yourself to read up on it. The big picture is that we will all be in the cities (google ‘smart cities’) in high rise and/or stack and pack housing. That is the plan. The Nats have sold off thousands of our state homes with large sections (prime real estate) under somewhat dodgy arrangements (follow Penny Bright’s work on Facebook) then plead ‘there’s no homelessness’ in the land of the free. Now we have the perfect ‘solution’ … tiny houses. In the city of course. Small towns were given the death knell decades ago via decisions at the beehive, not by the people. People who wanted to eat and have a house to live in had to move to where jobs were. The human settlement zones for Agenda 2030 are already there on the US maps in plain sight. The wild conservation zones will not be for us. It isn’t pretty. And of course some will think that this is wild conspiracy & I’d possibly agree if I hadn’t seen the UN plan or listened to those who have stumbled across this in the course of their work (see Rosa Koire’s work at our Agenda 21/30 pages). Another good listen on topic is the late Joan Veon. She doesn’t refer to this as Agenda 21 but she is talking of the same changes, particularly the privatisation of all your public assets. This is why they are all disappearing fast, via public private partnerships. Pensioner flats are going, council land also.  You will find more of Joan’s videos on Youtube. She worked with the UN for a number of years and joined some dots with what was happening during the 1990s, the period during which Agenda 21 first appeared. See our Agenda 21/30 pages for more info on that. Hear the whistle blowers on it.

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From newshub.co.nz

Erica and Stuart Wills should have been living the Kiwi dream. From the expansive deck of their renovated bungalow, they looked out over a 2.5 acre paradise in Kumeu, West Auckland. Chickens and sheep roamed as their young son hurtled around on his mini motorbike.

“It all looked beautiful,” Erica told Newshub. “But we’re sitting there exhausted because we’ve spent all day getting it to look like that. Roundup was our best friend.”

It was clear they needed to downsize – but no one expected them to do it so dramatically. Today, their brand new home is attached to their neighbours’, their backyard has shrunk to 180 square metres, and their view is a line of cookie cutter houses in progressive Hobsonville Point. Erica worried her farm-raised husband would feel claustrophobic. “I thought ‘oh my god he’s going to hate this’,” she said. “But he surprised me.”

The new government wants to see more Kiwis living this way. More compact housing is an obvious solution to Auckland’s housing shortfall, but it also plans to duplicate the model of quality and quantity in Hamilton, Tauranga and Queenstown, particularly targeting first-time buyers.

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http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/12/closer-living-can-have-benefits-for-home-buyers.html

Massive rates rises predicted in Horowhenua that will subsidise land developers reaping potential profits of over $100 million

This investigative article about the Horowhenua district is from journalist Veronica Harrod. Read her bio at the end of the article. She raises points which are puzzling people NZ wide, and lifts the curtain somewhat to let you see what is going on in meetings you are not entitled to attend. (From this site’s perspective, please check out our Agenda 21/2030 in NZ and our Local Govt Watch pages. Also search Agenda 21/2030 in categories to left of page). I read an interesting article at the LG’s website recently about consultation (raised at the end of this article).  It certainly does indicate (& in the context of quite a bit of jest, taking the proverbial pee as it were) that the decision’s already been made when you are ‘consulted’.
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Massive Rates Rises Predicted in Horowhenua that will Subsidise Land Developers Reaping Potential Profits of over $100 Million

by Veronica Harrod

Horowhenua land developers and investors will reap at least $100 million profit from not having to pay development contributions towards essential infrastructure costs that council seems intent to load onto existing ratepayers who could face massive, crippling rates increases.

The majority of councils in the country charge development contributions because the policy is regarded as the only effective, fair and equitable way to reduce the impact of expensive infrastructure costs on existing ratepayers.

The Horowhenua District Council scrapped development contributions in 2015 but, judging by the extent of land development planned behind closed doors by land developers and council since 2008, it would be unconscionable if council did not re-introduce the levy on land developers.

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Exponential rates rises have historically been used by council’s as a sure fire way to free up land for development by confiscating land from ratepayers who can’t afford high rate increases which will directly have an impact on a large number of home and land owners in the district living on fixed or low incomes.

If the council does not include development contributions in the 2018-2038 Long Term Plan (LTP) the profits made by land developers will be unsustainable and grossly unfair to existing residents.

The $100 million profit projections are based on a conservative estimate of $15,000 per new build if development contributions were charged including a minimum of 2100 new house builds in Levin alone totalling $31.5 million contained in a council’s 2008 Horowhenua Development Plan.

Land developer and deputy mayor Wayne Bishop’s 500 house build in Kimberley Road has financially benefited by approximately $750,000. Cr Bishop also has four other land developments which means he has personally financially benefited by at least one million dollars by not having to pay development contributions.

He declared a conflict of interest at the eleventh hour only when a vote was taken by council to stop charging development contributions. During all the debates he sat at the council table which may have affected councillors ability to speak freely against council intention to stop collecting development contributions. It is also only since his election to council that council has proceeded with such a massive scale of land development.

Also included in the profit estimates is the potential affect of relaxing urban housing density rules to allow for sub-division and building of two houses on one house lot which council is deliberating on now. Neighbours would not have to be consulted on increased urban density plans due to changes to the Resource Management Act made by the National led government early this year that favours land developers. Potential profits also include proposed land developments in other parts of the district contained in separate reports available at http://www.horowhenua.govt.nz/…/Plans-Strategies/Horowhenua…

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Evidence council is determined to pursue a land growth agenda is also contained in the council report on relaxing urban density rules which negligently and deliberately omitted to include any environmental and cultural costs of land development even though all the new builds would connect to the existing infrastructure, and even though there is evidence of environmental and cultural costs documented in past council reports including the 2008 Horowhenua Development Plan.

Cr Neville Gimblet and council’s chief executive David Clapperton have made comments recently alluding to the scale of land development and the expectation existing ratepayers would pay for them. Mr Clapperton said in a recent newspaper article, “I see some huge opportunities for the Horowhenua that have never been seen before, probably in the last three generations. And I’m adamnant that I want to be part of that journey.”

His comments were made despite consultation on the 20 year Long Term Plan only just starting indicating he is a central, local cog in the wheel of a land development agenda that has captured the council to such an extent democracy itself is being deliberately undermined by the very organisation that is supposed to uphold democratic principles.

Cr Gimblett alluded to the impact of the high cost of replacing essential infrastructure on existing ratepayers in a newspaper column when he said he was “surprised no-one commented on the $2.8 million of unfunded depreciation in the financial report.” Depreciation is a method used to account for future costs of essential infrastructure by acknowledging wear and tear and need for replacement over time.

“While depreciation is not a cash item so has little impact today, it is a key feature of sustainable long term planning and ultimately your rates,” he stated before warning ratepayers that, “Officers and elected members are currently involved in multiple workshops to prepare for the next Long Term Plan, where we will be mindful of this financial constraint hanging over our heads.”

If Cr Gimblet is so “mindful of the financial constraints” then it would stand to reason he supports the reintroduction of development contributions as this levy on land developers would not only immediately solve the problem of funding depreciation costs but also potentially provide enough money to ensure state of the art essential infrastructure designs were built and maintained. Nevertheless he didn’t mention re-introducing development contributions he only mentioned the cost to existing ratepayers.

The democratically elected mayor Michael Feyen has been effectively sidelined because he is viewed as a threat to this cabal of unrestrained and unrestricted land developers and their investors as during the last local body elections he said he was going to make environmental concerns and Lake Horowhenua a priority.

No matter who Mayor Feyen subsequently turned to in seeking redress to reign in the power of an unelected chief executive David Clapperton not one minister of the last National led government would lift a finger to assist him. Local Government New Zealand would not assist him either.

Mr Clapperton also has the support of nine out of ten councillors, excluding Cr Ross Campbell, who are rewarded handsomely for their backing by favourable treatment in appointments to committees and other council led opportunities.

Local National Party MP Nathan Guy has also refused to take action to restore democracy in Horowhenua but, as a recent article in a local newspaper stated, Mr Guy has got the largest property and land portfolio of all acting Government ministers including an extensive amount of Horowhenua rural land, a family home, two rental properties, interests in 13 commercial properties and a Wellington property.

Land developer and investor interest in developing housing subdivisions on at least 550 hectares in the north east of Levin, that extends across Mr Guy’s rural property interests, may also be using their influence with the now acting Government to ensure the highway of national significance is built to the west of Levin instead of the East of Levin. Cr Bishop has certainly stated a preference the new highway be built to the west of Levin.

As if it’s not enough that local Maori and residents of Hokio on the west of Levin have to endure the Levin Sewage Treatment Plant, the landfill, the infamous smelly “pot” behind the landfill and a polluted Lake Horowhenua now moves are afoot to ensure the new highway won’t get in the way of land developers and their investor interest in the East of Levin.

The excessive profit margins land developers and their investors will potentially make helps to explain the increasing interest major land and property developers, that have previously only operated in Auckland and Wellington, now have in Horowhenua.

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Horowhenua’s community housing sold for a fire sale price of  $5.25 million

The first sign the district saw of this burgeoning interest was the purchase of the council owned pensioner housing and 1.1 hectare of bare land by land and property developer Willis Bond in a publicly excluded deal with council for a fire sale price of $5.25 million. Anecdotal evidence is Willis Bond owners the McGuinness brothers count now acting Attorney General Chris Finlayson as a friend.

As Attorney General Mr Finlayson administers the Crown Law office that relentlessly pursues criminal charges against Lake Horowhenua kaitiaki Philip Taueki who continues to give voice to inconvenient truths about Lake Horowhenua ownership and pollution by the council and regional council. Other state agencies have also demonstrated a partisan approach in matters to do with Mr Taueki.

In her recently published e-book “Man of Convictions” Anne Hunt* says Horowhenua District Council waived all fees and granted the consent to decommission the buildings and disconnect the water from Mr Taueki’s residence six days after several men and six or seven police arrived at his place one morning and began sledgehammering and dismantling the building and power to the building. They also attempted to turn his water supply off then too.

When Mr Taueki, “complained to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment about the way the Horowhenua District Council as a building consent authority handled this matter…initially the Ministry expressed concern, but ultimately decided to take no action. The Tenancy Tribunal was equally dismissive.”

Mr Taueki is under constant threat of arrest and imprisonment and, although it is illegal to turn the water supply off to his residence at Lake Horowhenua, the council continues to do so and not one state agency intervenes on his behalf even though he has been left without a water supply for over eight months.

He has been beaten up, shot at, threatened with murder, thrown in jail, forced to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and denied physical access to the very lake he is kaitiaki and one of the owners of by numerous trespass orders.

He is currently facing a retrial of one of the trespass notices he has been acquitted of twice after Crown Law, an office administered by Mr Finlayson, appealed an acquittal of the charge and the appeal was granted by a judge. His case has been delayed until January 2018 because the Crown did not disclose information to defence lawyer Michael Bott when the retrial began last month in Levin District Court.

Allegations of bias by the Courts against Mr Taueki has also been made by Hunt who writes that Mr Finlayson has been responsible for appointing, “all bar one of the six Supreme Court judges, all ten Court of Appeal judges and 75% of the High Court judges….in a process without any statutory constraints or regulations.”

Despite the fact “Man of Convictions” is written by a local resident and respected journalist, author and former Horowhenua district councillor Anne Hunt about the horrendous experiences and treatment of a Lake Horowhenua kaitiaki whose ancestor is the renowned paramount chief of Mua-Upoko neither of the two local newspapers have expressed any interest in interviewing her.

Openly flouting media independence on council reporting the Fairfax owned Horowhenua Mail has now employed council’s former communications officer Kelvin Teixeira which does not bode well for impartial reporting of council communications Mr Teixeira has helped develop and carry out on behalf of the council.

But it is the Crown’s lack of actions to date that disturbingly suggest a collusion with a Horowhenua land development agenda even though it is destined to greatly increase pollution levels to Lake Horowhenua. The Lake Accord, set up to rehabilitate the health of the lake, remains silent about the impact an exponential increase of new builds connected to the existing insufficient and ageing infrastructure will have on Lake Horowhenua.

Hunt says, “Levin’s stormwater system is a major source of phosphorous, and it is this chemical that is the major cause of the cyanobacteria that has plagued the lake in recent years, making it lethal for children. In his 2012 report, Dr Max Gibbs referred to research that 80% of the lake’s phosphorous chemical content comes from the town’s stormwater system.”

“A report prepared for the Horowhenua District Council by Dr Chris Tanner, a principal scientist from NIWA (the Crown Research Institute) commented on the ‘significant

potential health effects from these drain flows,’ without even considering ‘potential toxicity issues with other contaminants such as metals or organics in the discharge from this drain’ she quoted from Dr Tanner’s report.

An apparently deliberate refusal to reintroduce development contributions is essentially undemocratic because it put the interests of the few above the many and makes a mockery of the consultation process of a LTP residents and ratepayers will be bound by for the next twenty years.

Even though council has been having workshop meetings about priorities of the LTP one public consultation held at Te Takere last week had no information at all about the council’s intentions which gives the public little to respond to. There were two councillors, a desk and a lot of free pens but no substance about what council has been discussing in publicly excluded workshops about council’s LTP priorities which makes it a faux consultation on one of the most important issues facing ratepayers today.

Although it might be confusing to understand why the council would refuse to reintroduce the levy on land developers one powerful reason for doing so is it appears the council is prepared to drive out existing residents by imposing unsustainable rates rises in favour of new residents who are regarded as more desirable.

The emphasis on making the district attractive to new residents is highlighted in communications from council on the LTP consultations which promotes the concept of making the district attractive for “those that are moving here” and concerns already exist about the statement by council in a two page newspaper feature, “…all submissions will be considered by elected members and the plan adjusted as they see fit.”

One has to wonder whether the LTP has already been pre-determined if councillors are only going to adjust the LTP “as they see fit.”

(*NOTE: you can download and read Anne Hunt’s ebook at the link provided.)

Veronica Harrod is a qualified journalist with a Master of Communications specialising in traditional and new media content. Investigating and reporting on political, economic and legislative trends that negatively impact on the day to day lives of people is one of her main areas of interest. Lifestyle content she is interested in includes celebrating our own especially the tireless work community advocates do as civil citizens participating in democracy to keep those in power on their toes. In a media age dominated by a multi billion dollar communications and public relations industry paid to manipulate information to protect and advance the interests of the few over the many there have to be journalists who are impervious to the all pervasive influencial role they have over local and central government and corporate interests.

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WHAT CAN WE DO? The current elected Mayor campaigned on more transparency & more public inclusion. In light of that do your best to attend the HDC meetings in Levin, hear what is happening & get speaking rights to express to Council matters that affect you. The meetings are held 6 weekly and dates are found on the HDC website, FB page or by phoning them.

Further articles on HDC can be found here: https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/horowhenua/

 

 

Why is a Crown Entity Company with $1.6 billion of former Housing NZ properties not listed under Sch 4A of the Public Finance Act, or Sch 2 of the Crown Entities Act?

TIME FOR THE ‘TAMAKI SCAM’ TO STOP – NOW?

TIME FOR AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO THE ‘TAMAKI SCAM’?

I think so.

Looking forward to an inquiry regarding how, on the watch of ‘financial helmsmen’ Bill English and Steven Joyce, a Crown Entity Company (Tamaki Regeneration Ltd) – with $1.6 billion of former Tamaki Housing NZ properties – was 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?

How ‘banana republic’ is THAT?

Penny Bright

‘Anti-privatisation / anti-corruption whistle-blower’.


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SEE ALSO:

The Nats have been land banking State homes on prime real estate since 2012

THE CROWN OWNED TAMAKI REGENERATION CO. EVICTS 5 GRIEVING CHILDREN 3 WKS AFTER THEIR MOTHER’S DEATH – A NOT UNCOMMON OCCURRENCE WE’RE TOLD

 

 

The gentrification of Tamaki under the guise of ‘Regeneration’ scam – the sale of your state assets to private property developers at UNDISCLOSED prices

1A. democracy for developers

NZ WHISTLE-BLOWER UPDATE!

by Penny Bright

Sunday 15 October 2017

“IMO, the essence of the ‘Tamaki Scam’ has been to use similar-sounding names for different companies, in order to disguise the real private property developer-driven GENTRIFICATION’ agenda, as ‘Regeneration’ of poorer communities.” ….. Penny Bright

 

DEVELOPMENTS:

This is, IMO, actually quite a big deal – in terms of NZ’s perceived status as ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?

(Transparency International’s 2016 ‘Corruption Perception Index’).
https://www.transparency.org/…/corruption_perceptions_index…

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.

How ‘banana republic’ is THAT?

I have raised my concerns directly with:

  • The Office of the Auditor-General.
  • The office of the Attorney-General.
  • The office of the Solicitor-General.
  • Treasury (legal).
  • The State Services Commission.

(My concerns are being addressed by all the above-mentioned.)

This 5 minute video where I explain the, IMO, ‘Tamaki Scam’ has now had over 169,000 views on facebook.

IMO, the essence of the ‘Tamaki Scam’ has been to use similar-sounding names for different companies, in order to disguise the real private property developer-driven GENTRIFICATION’ agenda, as ‘Regeneration’ of poorer communities.

https://www.facebook.com/penny.bright.104/posts/1796625243683493‬

Penny Bright

‘Anti-privatisation / anti-corruption whistle-blower’.

#StopTheTamakiScam
#StopCorruption
#StopNikisEviction
#SaveOurStateHouseHomes

169,715 Views

Penny Bright has been shining a light into the murky recesses of public/private partnerships in the Tamaki Regeneration scheme and revealed some disturbing details…

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/914297935301027/?multi_permalinks=1639200056144141&notif_id=1508026867954407&notif_t=group_activity

1A. gentrification

 

1A.Barfoot & Thomson

Photo Credits: all images supplied by Penny Bright