Stuff reports that under Minister Phil Heatley, Housing NZ will manage additions of only 275 houses for each of the next two years.
Under the previous government 8000 state houses were added between 1999 and 2008.
In a recession, with household budgets stretched, state provision of high quality, affordable housing is even more important for families. It should be a priority for any government, but now more than ever.
Heatley’s inability to secure significant budget funding coupled with his acceptance of his ministry blowing $10-20m – merely on the consultation phase of a proposed new computer system – are surely bad news for the 10,000+ families still waiting to be housed.