web analytics

Homeless Housing.

Written By: - Date published: 3:19 pm, June 16th, 2017 - 24 comments
Categories: housing, International, Jeremy Corbyn, political alternatives - Tags: , ,

Jeremy Corbyn and senior Labour MPs have called for homes left vacant in Kensington and Chelsea by overseas investors to be “requisitioned” in order to rehouse those left homeless due to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Now, if that’s a permissible thing for a prominent politician to say in relation to people left homeless by a fire, then why not (it’s just a little stretch) also for others made homeless, or squeezed into ‘shoeboxes’ like sardines because of impossibly high rents? And if it’s permissible to talk of requisitioning vacant investor properties in the UK, then why not here too?

I think I’m liking Jeremy Corbyn’s no nonsense, common sense  approach to the world.

24 comments on “Homeless Housing. ”

  1. Anne 1

    I think I’m liking Jeremy Corbyn’s no nonsense, common sense approach to the world.

    Bugger the establishment and it’s pettifogging ways. Bugger PC gone mad. Bugger the crank theories and ideologies. Bugger the greedy and selfish. Let’s just govern on the basis of need and common-sense. What a lovely idea. Wonder no-one thought of it before …

  2. weka 2

    Depending on how empty houses get categorised, seems a reasonable idea to me.

  3. mary_a 3

    Great idea. Time to let common sense prevail now.

  4. Anne 4

    And here’s Jeremy Corbyn’s take on the homeless and needy right here in NZ.


    Good on you Kelvin Davis.

  5. greywarshark 5

    Getting the money to make a proper survey would be valuable first step, then advising owners that their names would be published enabling the public to apply for rentals from them.

  6. One Anonymous Bloke 6

    Yep. Our homeless/child poverty/suicide statistics are a de facto state of emergency, and warrant emergency powers to deal with them.

  7. Kevin 7

    The Guardian is gushing over Corbyn these days.

    What a difference an election makes.

  8. Saarbo 8

    Noticed heaps of empty houses at Waihi Beach and thought exactly the same thing.

  9. Incognito 9

    Well, here in Middle Earth New Zealand we don’t like to frighten the horses 100 days out of an election, do we?

    We prefer to subsidise landlords and motel owners.

    We prefer to increase the minimum wage by 50 cts. to a whopping $15.75 per hour unless we can find a cheaper immigrant student employee whom we can fire willy-nilly.

    We prefer the status quo because that’s what we know best.

    We prefer the Kiwi Dream …

    Go TNZ! Wipe the grin of Jimmy Spithill’s face on Sunday!

  10. Keith 10

    Don’t worry everyone. The National Party are buying motels with our money to band aid the symptoms of a crisis they created.

    A spending abuse of epic proportions by a bunch of self serving half wits!

    • saveNZ 10.1

      And the homeless are forced to pay back the debt rung up, (which they probably will not be able to so the taxpayers are paying $1200p/w instead of the paid off state house that actually gave the taxpayer a return) to live in a dodgy overpriced and short term hotel.

      The victims of this government policy probably needing more health care from the stress of it all, so longer waiting times. Makes student loans seem like an amateur scam in retrospect.

      But hey, gets rid of the beneficiaries vote by making them homeless and unable to vote! If it keeps the Natz in power, anything goes!

    • greywarshark 10.2

      Well if they are self-serving half wits, what are we who continue support their vapid smiles and callous dodgy practices?

      If we are not half-waits or even quarter-wits and want to be bigger, wider and higher keep running these lines through your minds to vivify your failing psyches –

      We are stardust, we are golden
      We are billion year old carbon
      And we got to get ourselves back to the garden

      Well, then can I roam beside you?
      I have come to lose the smog,
      And I feel myself a cog in somethin’ turning

      And maybe it’s the time of year
      Yes and maybe it’s the time of man
      And I don’t know who I am
      But life is for learning

  11. saveNZ 11

    In less than 24 hours, the government’s promises to the Grenfell Tower victims are exposed as lies


  12. Bill 12

    There are 1,399 empty houses in Kensington and Chelsea alone. Across London, there were 19,845 homes sitting idle for over six months in 2016.

    Anyone any idea what the corresponding numbers look like for NZ areas and cities?

    • weka 12.1

      Yes, I’ll dig them up. But harder to tell is which ones could be used for housing. Are we excluding holiday houses?

      • weka 12.1.1


        More unoccupied dwellings

        The number of unoccupied dwellings rose 16.4 percent between 2006 and 2013. There were:

        185,448 in 2013
        159,276 in 2006.

        In 2013, 1 in 10 dwellings were unoccupied. Nearly one-quarter were classified as unoccupied because all the occupants were temporarily away at the time of the census, but about three-quarters had no occupants at all.

        Every region had more unoccupied dwellings than at the last census, although there was little change in the Auckland region. The largest percentage increase was in the Canterbury region, which had 28,317 unoccupied dwellings in 2013, up from 18,117 in 2006. This was a 56.3 percent increase, and was related to the 2010–11 Canterbury earthquakes.


        Can’t find the Auckland or Welly numbers but here are some SI ones,

        “There are 46,590 occupied dwellings and 3,915 unoccupied dwellings in Dunedin City.

        There are 186 dwellings under construction in Dunedin City, and 9,756 under construction in New Zealand.”


        “There are 11,508 occupied dwellings and 4,467 unoccupied dwellings in Queenstown-Lakes District.

        There are 237 dwellings under construction in Queenstown-Lakes District, and 9,756 under construction in New Zealand.”


        • weka

          that’s from a previous thread. Not sure if those numbers are the ones unoccupied on census night and so count people just being away for the night (1/4 of those counted).

          • Bill

            So there are very substantial numbers of properties that are unoccupied and a goodly proportion of those can reasonably be assumed to be empty for the purposes of speculation and such like – ie, no-one is using them as an actual home.

            So ignoring distribution patterns for a moment, the actual number of houses in NZ in relation to numbers of people in NZ needing housed, might not be a problem at all. Having the financial means to access that supply obviously is.

            Yeah. If I ‘ruled the world’ there’d already be squatters rights on the statute books. But I don’t. And there isn’t. And squatting rights are another conversation anyway.

            • weka

              Yes, I’ve been saying this for some time. NZ doesn’t have a shortage of houses.

              It seems reasonable to me that in an emergency vacant investment housing should be used. I suspect we would find that in Chch people lived in cars while there were safe empty houses in the city. But how one would manage that at the societal or governance level I don’t know. I’d be interested to hear if Corbyn made suggestions on how it could be done.

  13. greywarshark 13

    Here is an item from the New Statesman going back to 2013 that has popped up in my searches. The powers that be have watched the unfolding disaster of inadequate and poorly regulated housing with the fascination of watching a Faradays ball. So near, so visible, and yet somehow separated and untouchable by human hands – ‘Help, Only the free market can save us!’. Keep bailing and send an SOS for more speculators.


Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Twenty highlights of 2020
    As we welcome in the new year, our focus is on continuing to keep New Zealanders safe and moving forward with our economic recovery. There’s a lot to get on with, but before we say a final goodbye to 2020, here’s a quick look back at some of the milestones ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka
    The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better care for babies with tongue-tie
    Babies born with tongue-tie will be assessed and treated consistently under new guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. Around 5% to 10% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in New Zealand each year. At least half can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison over
    The prisoner disorder event at Waikeria Prison is over, with all remaining prisoners now safely and securely detained, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. The majority of those involved in the event are members of the Mongols and Comancheros. Five of the men are deportees from Australia, with three subject to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test for travellers from the UK and the US from 15 January
    Travellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights to New Zealand, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. “The new PCR test requirement, foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM congratulates New Year Honour recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her warm congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the New Year 2021 Honours List. “The past year has been one that few of us could have imagined. In spite of all the things that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • David Parker congratulates New Year 2021 Honours recipients
    Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment David Parker has congratulated two retired judges who have had their contributions to the country and their communities recognised in the New Year 2021 Honours list. The Hon Tony Randerson QC has been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Year’s Honours highlights outstanding Pacific leadership through challenging year
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the New Year’s Honours List 2021 highlights again the outstanding contribution made by Pacific people across Aotearoa. “We are acknowledging the work of 13 Pacific leaders in the New Year’s Honours, representing a number of sectors including health, education, community, sports, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Supporting seniors to embrace technology
    The Government’s investment in digital literacy training for seniors has led to more than 250 people participating so far, helping them stay connected. “COVID-19 has meant older New Zealanders are showing more interest in learning how to use technology like Zoom and Skype so they can to keep in touch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago