Reality of government crashes Twyford’s party

Phil Twyford is a gobby bastard at the best of times. Arrogant, condescending, convinced of his own brilliance…and screwing up weekly.

When in opposition there wasn’t a cause he couldn’t use for political gain. One of those has bitten him on his self-centred arse and the very things he accused the former government of doing, he now stands accused of.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has finally called a homeowner who says the housing minister abandoned him after using his plight for publicity.

Stormwater runoff from a neighbouring Housing New Zealand (HNZ) property flooded Murray Lilley’s property on rainy days.

Just weeks before the election, West Auckland MP Phil Twyford visited his property and rallied for HNZ to fix the problem.

But things had changed since the Te Atatū MP was named Housing Minister in October, Lilley said.

“I have heard nothing from him.

“It seems no one wants to help us, nobody cares.”  

That’s Labour for you. Use you for publicity then ignore when in power.

However, Twyford called Lilley following media coverage of his dilemma.

Twyford said he could not get involved due to the conflict of interest, but he hoped a solution could be found.

Oh dear, forced into it by embarrassment.

The Lilley family had spent thousands of dollars to reduce the water run-off, including installing a water pump, retention tanks and drainage materials.

Lilley said he had resorted to using sandbags to stop the flooding on rainy days.

The frustrated resident had reached out to local politicians in a bid to solve the problem.

Before the election Twyford had condemned then Associate Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro for not of helping Lilley.

Ngaro’s office had forwarded Lilley’s request for help to HNZ.

Lilley was told by HNZ that water run-off was a natural outcome of the property design.

At the time, Twyford said Ngaro was hiding behind the letter of the law.

“HNZ is the country’s biggest landlord and owned by the taxpayer so it should be good neighbour and come to the party,” Twyford said.  

Twyford also wrote a letter of support to then housing minister Amy Adams.

“I visited Murray at his home on 8 August and can personally attest to the facts of the case Murray sets out, and the toll it is taking on him and his family,” it read.

Lilley said he felt used and discarded after the election. 

Like a dirty tissue at a peep show.

A spokeswoman from Twyford’s office said as Housing Minister he could no longer comment on individual cases.

After the Stuff story was published, Twyford said he spoke with Lilley on Monday afternoon.

“I’m now the local MP and the Housing Minister. The conflict of interest rules present me from getting involved,” he said.

I can’t help Murray in his case by directly intervening.

But Twyford expected Alfred Ngaro to break those same rules and smashed him around because of it. What a shameless hypocrite and wanker, to use the West Auckland vernacular.

Twyford has always been a grandstanding, vainglorious, over-bearing tosser.

Labour and Twyford have made mountains out of molehills for far too long, now they are struggling to realise that they actually have to deliver when in government. How frustrating.



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