Half-dozen ignorant people get a right Simon Collins pimping

Simon Collins is pimping the poor again, and the truly stupid.

Almost 3000 Tamaki state housing tenants are being transferred to a new landlord company today, but some still don’t know why the change is happening.

The Tamaki Redevelopment Company, a joint venture owned by the Government and Auckland Council, becomes the new landlord for the 2800 Housing NZ tenants between West Tamaki Rd and the Panmure Basin from this afternoon.

But long-standing tenant Ioela (Niki) Rauti, who successfully resisted an eviction notice last year when her house was earmarked for redevelopment, said she did not feel safe because she did not know why her landlord was changing.

“What’s it all about? Nobody knows,” she said. “We are getting transferred to the Tamaki Housing Association, which is a private holding company [a limited partnership created by the Tamaki Redevelopment Company in January]. Do we feel safe? I don’t think so.”

Ms Rauti, 61, joined other tenants in a protest outside the company’s office in Glen Innes this afternoon.

Did their houses disappear? No. Did anything materially affect them? No.

A protest organiser, Yvonne Dainty, said the transfer was “nothing but privatisation”.

“John Key has not been given a mandate for this, nor has council,” she said. “We don’t believe we will be better off under this company.”

Housing NZ Minister Bill English said last year that the existing houses would be replaced during the next 10 to 15 years by about 7500 new homes, with a “bottom line” that there would still be at least as many social housing units as the 2800 existing state homes.

Uhmmm…he doesn’t need a mandate, but he does have one actually: he won the election and the changes to state housing were an election policy.

This is just more outrage from the truly stupid and it’s ably assisted by the anti-government editorial stance of the NZ Herald.

What these people forget is that these are not their houses….they are ours.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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