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.
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.
If, like myself, you’ve pondered at the current vagaries concerning our local District Councils, you need to hear this interview. Penny Bright asks the hard questions and like a dog with a bone, standing up for the marginalized, she won’t be sidelined. She expounds on her discoveries on the local governance front and what’s really been going on behind the scenes, away from public scrutiny. When you’ve listened, take a look at our Agenda 21/2030 in NZ pages on similar topic. See also our Local Govt Watch pages (main menu). They’re all related. All things became corrupted with Rogernomics and the big corporate switch that happened back then. EnvirowatchRangitikei
In this interview anti-privatisation and anti-corruption whistle-blower, Penny Bright, talks on issues around the three Cs – Corruption, Contractocracy, and Corporate Welfare, as well as issues around the private procurement model for public services.
Penny says the root cause of most corruption is privatisation. She asks why the Public Records Act is not being fully implemented and enforced in New Zealand.
If New Zealand is truly ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ – shouldn’t we arguably be the most transparent?
She says public transport is not public, and asks what the implications are of a fuel tax.
Penny has been involved in opposing the Tamaki ‘Regeneration’ project and speaks about dubious government and private dealings there.
She talks on the murdered Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the Panama Papers and has found some disturbing New Zealand connections.
Penny also speaks on State Capture, where private interests significantly influence the government’s decision-making processes to their own advantage.”
INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW FORUM
Penny Bright, was invited as a NZ ‘Rule of Law’ expert, together with nearly 300 attendees from 75 countries to the 2017 World Justice Project International Rule of Law Forum at The Hague. There she informed the delegates that New Zealand is a “Corrupt, polluted tax haven.
She says, “My political ‘bombshell’ was about NZ’s corruption REALITY, and
in my opinion, New Zealand is a ‘corrupt, polluted tax haven – a banana republic without the bananas’.
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.
NOTE 29/10/17 : there is an important new update on this topic here by Penny Bright who is keeping us up to speed with what is happening in Tamaki… they are demolishing sound state homes to make way for palatial housing for the rich. Plus…
The “100% Crown-owned ‘Crown Entity Company’ – Tamaki Regeneration Ltd, with $1.6 billion worth of former Housing NZ properties is not listed under Sch 4A of the Public Finance Act, or Sch 2 of the Crown Entities Act, or listed as a company monitored by Treasury’s Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit.”
We’ve been seeing many images of folks sleeping in cars, tents, sheds and garages in the past few years, heart breaking for a country where a few decades ago virtually all were housed, employed, clothed and fed. Not so now with 42K homeless, and it’s not because we had a war or a natural disaster. It’s purely because of greed among those who purport to LEAD us. BLEED us would be more to the point given the tax rate these leaches are on. This has to stop. This information supplied by Penny Bright, highlights the land banking of properties in Tamaki, defined as gentrification.
The Greens had this to say about it:
Tamaki is a “…community of people who feel that they have been shunted around as if they are of little consequence. They have stayed defiant because they can see through the rhetoric that the redevelopment of their neighbourhood is about helping the locals and doing up old houses. In fact, the redevelopment is benefitting wealthy developers and property investors who get to dally around with a small bit of social housing on the side so they can justify their land grab.
The National government did not just let the housing crisis happen. Their policy settings have designed the shortage of affordable, state, and social housing. Through its tax policy, this government has encouraged the use of houses for business investment instead of for living in as homes. This has helped put both rents and mortgages out of reach for too many people, in a way this country has not seen before. This is the housing crisis.” (links below).
This is criminal. Homes have been sitting empty while HOMELESSNESS is on the increase. On top of that there are 33K ghost homes in Auckland owned by people off shore & uninhabited. Words escape me. Please read. EnvirowatchRangitikei
Thanks to Penny Bright for this information (2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki).
The ‘Tamaki $CAM’
“MPs, Councillors, tenants and the public were told that the Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd (59% Crown / 41% Auckland Council) was going to have 2,800 Tamaki HNZ properties transferred on 31 March 2016.
Check both these companies with the NZ Companies Office.
All the fine words about ‘social good’ objectives in the (27 page) Constitution of Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd are nowhere to be found in the (7 page) Constitution of Tamaki Regeneration Ltd – who OWN the assets.
The ‘Regeneration’ of Tamaki and the poorer communities of Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure, has been, in my opinion, a total RORT and FRAUD.
The real aim has been the GENTRIFICATION of Tamaki – forcing poor people – ‘State tenants’ off prime real estate to make way for private mansions for the wealthy, and profit$ for private property developer$.
In my view, as an anti-Corruption campaigner – the corrupt ‘conflicts of interest’ involved in property development and real estate in Auckland are OBSCENE!
Penny Bright 2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki.
Tamaki Redevelopment is reputed to be owned by Bill English, Nick Smith and the Auckland Council. 2,800 HNZ homes were transferred to them, they weren’t sold to them and they were also given 200 million dollars.
Pictured below are just some of the documented homes sitting empty
The Battle of Glen Innes
Attempts to build a “model community” in Glen Innes have gone catastrophically awry. How did that happen, and what’s been learned? (Metro)
“Niki represents a community of people who feel that they have been shunted around as if they are of little consequence. They have stayed defiant because they can see through the rhetoric that the redevelopment of their neighbourhood is about helping the locals and doing up old houses. In fact, the redevelopment is benefitting wealthy developers and property investors who get to dally around with a small bit of social housing on the side so they can justify their land grab.
The National government did not just let the housing crisis happen. Their policy settings have designed the shortage of affordable, state, and social housing. Through its tax policy, this government has encouraged the use of houses for business investment instead of for living in as homes. This has helped put both rents and mortgages out of reach for too many people, in a way this country has not seen before. This is the housing crisis.”