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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to make a submission

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

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

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

Thanks so much for caring,

Laura on behalf of the ActionStation team.”

References:

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

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