Seriously, the wheels have come off this government’s tight communication strategy. Did National really think they could sell thousands of state homes out of Housing New Zealand’s stock, essentially cashing them up and adding the funds to the consolidated fund, and not get accused of selling assets?
It’s gob smacking.
This is entirely aside from the issue that selling them may be a good idea with a sensible explanation. My problem is that National seem to be trying to sell assets while claiming they are not selling assets. I can just see that going wrong.
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says “thousands” of state houses could be sold under the Government’s new approach to social housing.
But she would be surprised if those sort of numbers were sold in the short term, and Housing New Zealand would be the dominant force in providing social housing in “the foreseeable future”, she told TV3’s The Nation.
She would not make a commitment that all money earned from the sale of state houses would go back into housing.
“Well, we see ourselves reinvesting and using it better to help vulnerable New Zealanders,” Bennett said.
Now some state houses were in the wrong place or were the wrong size.
“Our intention is for people who need housing support to have more stock available. We just may not own it.”
She denied it was an asset sale but later said “this is not a big asset sale”.
/facepalm. They are assets. You’re selling them. For crying out loud. Read more »