Housing stock renewal by National: Bad. Housing stock renewal by Labour: Good

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Housing stock renewal is not wanted in Glen Innes

Labour’s Affordable Housing Authority would be charged with leading the renewal of South Dunedin, leader Andrew Little said today during a visit to the area.

[…] Mr Little said the area needed some re-planning and re-design to make sure its old housing stock met current needs, and maintained the integrity of the community.

The authority would work with the local council, including private developers that might be upgrading or modernising the houses.

Mr Cull was enthusiastic about Labour’s plan.

The party was rightly treating South Dunedin’s challenges as an opportunity, he said.

“We have known the housing needs upgrading for a very long time,” Mr Cull said.

“It’s not just a question of being affordable to buy, but being affordable to own. The houses here cost a fortune here to keep healthy.

“Thirty percent of the people who are admitted to Dunedin public hospital are partly or fully [admitted because of poor housing], so we need to get on and fix it.”

Fascinating to see that Labour have finally come on board with National’s general plan to renew housing stock.  After all, that has been the driving force behind Housing New Zealand’s moves to sell off its old and unsuitable housing.

But oddly, the people up in Glen Innes, Auckland, were against it.  They wanted to keep living in old unhealthy homes.  And Labour were supporting that, criticising the Government for putting these poor people out of their homes.

Perhaps that only counts for Auckland homes?  Because in Dunedin, Labour are now proposing a renewal plan for outdated and unhealthy homes.

Whaleoil sought to clarify the difference between an unhealthy home in Glen Innes and an unhealthy home in South Dunedin from several labour MPs including Mr Little, but no answer was received at time of publication.

 

– Ian Telfer, RNZ


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