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?
“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
This is, IMO, actually quite a big deal – in terms of NZ’s perceived status as ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?
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.
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.
As we all are finding out, District Councils NZ wide, in keeping with the current corporates feeding at the property developers trough, are selling off the pensioner flats for later profits, and likewise landbanking our state homes. They are by increments dismantling the welfare state. This appears to include stripping the lower income folk of a roof over their heads. This woman, a victim sadly of reduncancies following the 2008 crash (thanks to the corrupt banking system) … has no job and cannot rent at the prices charged in the area her family lives. I know of similar in NZ. A friend of similar age to this woman, in another district is working part time to pay her $350 pwk converted garage!! This is growing into a crime of obscene proportions with folk living in cars or at the behest and debt to WINZ, in motels. Where are their brains (the Govt/corporation I’m talking about). Where is it logical to indebt people to the tune of $85K I read for one woman, when they could have loaned her that amount towards a house, like they used to once in NZ. Before the banking fraternity moved in and took over. We are rapidly descending into third world status friends. The camping ground owner who has shown mercy to this woman here in the article, says they turn away at least one a day in similar circumstances. Tent cities next is it?
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.
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:
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.
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.
Be sure and read the related links down the right hand side of the page in the following article (at the link). They’re denying it’s privatisation. Yeah right! See our recent links on Tamaki, then Horowhenua. They sugar coat the sale with ‘community housing provider’ then sell to private developers. Of course it’s privatisation! It’s also called lying as they did in the Horowhenua. They are taking away our sovereignty by selling off our national assets that our parents and grandparents worked for. No sovereignty, high debt, we’re then beholden to the banks and off shore corporations. See Agenda 21/30 pages for more on that. The UN plan for global governance that is really about world domination people. That is the end game & they want you to swallow it hook, line and sinker. EnvirowatchRangitikei
Our corrupt leaders are selling off our housing stock & have no intention of helping the needy. Our country is in fact a corporation run on a business model & it’s open slather for Key & his rich banking mates. While this disabled woman languishes in a van in Auckland he is hanging out in his $5.6 million LUXURY PAD in Hawaii, just ONE of many homes he has. See the depths we’ve sunk to? There are 30K+ empty homes in Auckland owned by offshore speculators, thanks to the current establishment. They have even required cancer sufferers to look for work. This woman had to prove she was looking for a house. Why wouldn’t she be? They are shedding all pretense of caring now and slowly dismantling the welfare state people. You just don’t matter any more. EnvirowatchRangitikei
Tetraplegic mum, her partner and 4-year-old live in a van
Tetriplegic Tracey Penny’s partner Apera Wilson lifts her into the family’s van, where they sleep alongside 4-year-old Wikitoria.
Every morning she wakes up, assesses her pain, and counts her blessings, which do not include the Ministry of Social Development’s treatment of her situation.
On the waiting list for a wheelchair-friendly state house for over a year, Penny lived with her mother until the pair fell out in October 2016. She applied for emergency accommodation through WINZ, who put her, her partner, and child up in a motel.
They cut that funding after three weeks because Penny hadn’t been searching for a private rental.
“They told me that since I couldn’t prove I’d been looking, I’d have to move to a backpackers hostel,” she said.
Appalled by the idea, the family packed up their belongings and moved into a van instead.
Watch Key in the Newshub video (link in article below) gesticulating with his hands, bumbling along, trying to describe a package that might just possibly garner a few votes from the folks who have effectively wiped him now. It will make you nauseous I warn you. He is moving craftily from ‘let them eat cake’ to rations of sugary election sweets, which we all know won’t last beyond election day.
This is a man, a former banker, who has basically raped and pillaged our nation since he was elected, selling off our assets with little accountability, unloading our state housing stock that just happens to sit on prime real estate … while heartlessly ignoring the 41,000 plus who are homeless, promising lollies here for the poor … having ignored growing child poverty in his midst, taxing himself 2.8% and the real workers 28%, and telling us he has a family package that will aim to … get this …
“deliver fairness to everybody, and a bit more at the lower income level”
This is breathtaking arrogance. Having quickly forgotten he grew up in a state house himself, he is totally ignorant of the true state of the nation under his watch. Unbelievably, he thinks he can just front up with a little lolly scramble to titillate the voters. For a reminder of what has happened under his watch listen to Green Party’s Gareth Hughes earlier this year delivering an apt and succinct overview…
Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech.
It’s a real accomplishment and you must be now thinking how history will remember you.
Just outside of this debating chamber are the portraits of our great leaders.
From Seddon, to Savage and Fraser to Kirk how do these giants who established universal suffrage, a caring state in the midst of a depression and world war and a modern independent, bicultural New Zealand compare with you?
Is the flag it?
Your desperate, lumbering, grasping attempt at building a legacy with a flag won’t mask the realities.
Hungry kids up
Housing costs up
Electricity costs up
Foreign ownership up
Corruption up …”
Simply cutting tax rates or lifting the thresholds at which higher rates kick in wouldn’t be “fair to everybody”.
“If you lower the bottom rate, you give it to everybody at the top and it costs a fortune,” he explained.
“Whereas you might be able to do some integrated family package… which delivers fairness to everybody but a bit more meaningful at the lower-income end.”
But changes to income tax brackets haven’t been ruled out. Presently, the top rate of 33 cents in the dollar kicks in at $70,000. As incomes rise, more people find themselves earning enough to start paying the top tax rate.
“People are getting bumped into the top personal rate without doing too much,” says Mr Key.
Asked if beefing up the accommodation supplement was on the cards, particularly in areas where rents have risen sharply, Mr Key said: “That may well be right.”
He hasn’t yet decided whether any changes would come in Budget 2017 or used to woo voters in next year’s election campaign.
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