Another fail in National’s plan to sell off state houses is good news for those of us who believe that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of society’s most vulnerable. From RNZ:
Govt backs away from Horowhenua state house sale
The proposed sale of 249 state houses to a community housing provider in the lower North Island has fallen through.
The government, together with the district council, investigated selling the Horowhenua state houses and 115 council-owned pensioner units as a package.
However, Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English said consultation with local iwi identified complications. The government had decided not to proceed.
Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford said it was time the government stopped selling state houses.
Mr Twyford said it was the second sale to fail, after the government could not find a buyer for 348 state houses in Invercargill.
“It is untenable for National to be flogging off hundreds of state houses when the country is in the grip of a housing crisis and communities are struggling to cope with rising homelessness.” …