I see The Herald on Sunday is practising some more political action against National backbenchers. John Weekes for the second time in as many weeks has attacked National MPs over housing insulation.
Never mind that the pecuniary interests register shows many, many MPs are land-lords…he just focuses on National MPs.
Furthermore I’ll also lay odds that the tenant in question isn’t telling the whole truth about his situation…If I was the reporter surely they would have some pertinent questions like;
- Have there been any disputes with the landlord in the past?
- Are you up to date with your rent?
- If it is so horrible why don’t you move?
- What is preventing you from moving?
- Is it a poor record, rent arrears, bad behaviour, damage to the property?
- If you are behind int he rent, have you checked with WINZ to see if you are getting your full entitlements?
- Have any of these issues been taken up with the Tenancy Tribunal, you know the body set up to deal with these sorts of things?
I’ll bet John Weekes didn’t even ask one of those questions.
This is just shock churnalism and a poor effort from the cub reporter, but then you can’t really expect too much from someone who studied International Relations and Human Rights at Auckland University.
Now let’s start looking at other MPs.
Shane Jones for one shows interests in property trusts as well as three properties in the Far North…I’ll be you dollars to a knob of goat poo that those won’t be stunning mansions.
What is highly amusing is Annette King complaining about tenancy issues…
Labour housing spokeswoman Annette King has written to John Key saying taxpayers would find it “unacceptable for an MP to arrange their affairs to provide a personal financial advantage for themselves”.
“This allegation requires investigation as, if correct, it reflects on all Members of Parliament.”
This is the same Annette King who had a taxpayer subsidised boarder who was investigated by police.
She has never talked about her tenant’s activities with young men late at night – but maybe she can now, because to quote her, it reflects badly on other MPs.
And since she raises it then perhaps she might like to include the Labour party that arranges its own affairs for a financial advantage…owning many of the offices that parliamentary services rents of them. Or the MPs like Louisa Wall who own the property that is rented for their offices.
The list goes on and on, but since Annette raised it let’s have a good close look at all MPs and their arrangements shall we?
For the record, here is a list of property owning Labour MPs, I wonder of John Weekes will search out the tenants of their properties? I’ve done half his work for him…I’ll give him a week head start and if he doesn’t do anything by net week then I’ll have a crack.
Hon Phil GOFF (Labour, Mt Roskill)
Family home and farm property (jointly owned), Auckland
House (jointly owned), Mt Roskill
Chris HIPKINS (Labour, Rimutaka)
Residential property, Trentham, Upper Hutt
Residential property, Raumati South, Paraparaumu
Raymond HUO (Labour, List)
Family home (held in family trust), Auckland
Investment properties (x3, jointly owned), Auckland
Iain LEES-GALLOWAY (Labour, Palmerston North)
Family home (x2), Terrace End, Palmerston North
Rental property, Terrace End, Palmerston North
Rental property, Wellington
Hon Nanaia MAHUTA (Labour, Hauraki-Waikato)
Family home, Ngaruawahia
Rental property, Hamilton
Hon Trevor MALLARD (Labour, Hutt South)
Rental property (jointly owned), Dunedin
Sue MORONEY (Labour, List)
Family home (jointly owned), Waikato
Rental property (jointly owned), Waikato
Apartment (jointly owned), Wellington
Holiday home (jointly owned), Coromandel
Hon Damien O’CONNOR (Labour, West Coast–Tasman)
Family home and property, Mahana
Rental property, Christchurch
Hon David PARKER (Labour, List)
Family home (jointly owned), Dunedin
Holiday home (jointly owned), Karitane, Otago
Investment property (owned in partnership), Alexandra, Otago
Investment property (owned in partnership), Dunedin, Otago
David SHEARER (Labour, Mt Albert)
House, Avondale, Auckland
House, Point Chevalier, Auckland
Section (jointly owned), Whananaki
Su’a William SIO (Labour, Māngere)
Family house, Otara, Manukau
House, Otara, Manukau
Relative’s house, Manurewa, Manukau
Louisa WALL (Labour, Manurewa)
Family home (owned by trust), Manurewa
Whanau home (jointly owned), Taupo
Rental property (jointly owned), Turangi
Rental property, Otahuhu