Holly and Phil seem a bit confused

More jewels of wisdom espoused by Holly Walker and accordingly embraced by the Herald. Plenty of supporting comment by Twyford but did the Horrid actually think about contacting Nick Smith?

Handing state homes over to community providers may benefit corporate developers, the Green Party says.

Housing Minister Nick Smith has said he wants more social housing provided from within the community, rather than by the state.

Greens Housing spokeswoman Holly Walker said the community housing sector was an important part of solving the housing crisis.

But handing homes over to community organisations would risk benefiting corporate housing developers set up as pseudo-community providers.

“There is a real concern that if Nick Smith’s plan is fast-tracked the beneficiaries will be National’s developer mates, not the thousands of families in urgent need of affordable housing,” Ms Walker said.

“It’s important that the Government retains its responsibility for the wellbeing of low-incomes families and ensures that tenants in state, community, and private rental accommodation are all living in safe, secure, appropriate housing.

“Transferring properties to the community housing sector shouldn’t be seen as a chance to abdicate Government responsibility for the outcomes of those tenants.” 

Holly Walker forgets that Fletcher’s building empire was built off of the back of providing state housing and one of the reasons today that various Fletcher’s have a proclivity to funding Labour.

Labour’s Housing spokesman Phil Twyford said such a move would do nothing to alleviate the current housing shortage.

He said while community and charitable housing groups did good work the sector was new under-resourced.

“Foisting 12,000 houses onto the sector without providing the funding and resources to ensure these homes are well maintained, upgraded and healthy is a big risk for the tenants,” Mr Twyford said.

Risk for tenants? They are tenants for a reason…they don;t understand risk…show them a shiny new house and they will rent it in a heartbeat, with not a care in the world for such trifles as maintenance and upgrading.

But the funniest things is this is labour spokesman who seems to be opposed to 12,000 new affordable homes for Labour voters to live.


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  • Bullshit tenants don’t understand risk- many do, which is exactly why they leave maintenance and upgrading to the owners. Their property, their risk. Tenants walk away from the problems

  • williamabong

    This is a true winner of an idea, give the houses to the community, don’t forget to hand over the problems as well, the new owners can then mortgage some of them to build / buy new ones, the rents paid would underwrite repairs and maintenance, a perfect business model, unless your tennents smash up your asset or don’t pay the rent, not my problem I don’t own them anymore, and an entire government department ceases to exist, win win.

  • Gazzaw

    It’s interesting how many ‘mates’ National has according to labour and the greens. They have banking ‘mates’, ‘Wall Street ‘mates’, Hollywood ‘mates’, media ‘mates’, mining ‘mates’, employer ‘mates’ and now according to Ms Walker developer ‘mates’.

    • NoVictim

      Lets hope National has plenty of mates on election day and Labour/Greens remain no mates.

      • Gazzaw

        Labour will need their UN ‘mates’ in 2015 to provide a few jobs though.

  • Macca

    ‘May benefit corporate developers….’ So who else does she think should build these houses – the government so the costs can blow out two fold?!
    Living in Disney Land the way all Greens do, maybe she thinks Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs should build them!
    It also never ceases to amaze me how an MP who had to piggy back in to parliament off the party vote can manage to form an opinion which gets published by the Pravda! An opinion based on what sort of working knowledge of the industry, or for that matter, actual knowledge gained from running a successful business – any business?

    • JC

      “So who else does she think should build these houses – the government so the costs can blow out two fold?!”

      The mindset is there’s no political advantage or control with private development.

      Look at it with your right eye closed for a minute.. there’s no *leverage*, no control, no kickbacks, no post Parliament job appointments once a private scheme gets through the consent process.

      Even worse.. what happens if a community development is house proud, the lawns are mowed and trees are planted? Yep, its Holly’s worse fear.. a property owning democracy thats self policing and free to vote its own interests.


  • williamabong

    One read of Hollys bio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly_Walker is eioun

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Holly Walker – Tory bros you deserve her.

    • Gazzaw

      Holly Walker – sorry SCS, Holly belongs to labour just like all of those other sorry, non-elected(able) green MPs. A vote for Shearer is a vote for Norman! What a pre-election catchcry for the Nats.