web analytics

National’s social housing policy in action

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, April 9th, 2015 - 14 comments
Categories: class war, housing, national, Privatisation - Tags: , , ,

For those who are wondering how National’s “social housing” policy is going to work in practice, The Herald today has a piece that gives a pretty fair idea:

Housing NZ sells off ‘social’ land

A big state-owned site in Auckland once earmarked for social and affordable housing is being carved up for sale – and the first 50 houses will be sold privately at market rates.

The 24ha site formerly part of the Papakura army camp, between Walters Rd and McLennan Park, was bought by Housing NZ in June 2004 for $10.7 million. Its rating valuation has more than doubled to $23.4 million because of Auckland’s desperate housing shortage, but no houses have yet been built.

In October 2012, the agency unveiled plans to build 450 to 500 homes, including 10 per cent state houses, 20 per cent other social housing and 70 per cent for private sale at prices likely to be “in the high 200s to the high 300s” – which would have made it Auckland’s biggest low-cost housing development for 25 years.

Instead, real estate agent Barfoot & Thompson yesterday advertised seven “super lots” of up to 16 sites each for sale by expressions of interest, with pre-designed two-, three- and four-bedroom houses designed by Studio of Pacific Architecture.

Housing NZ general manager of asset development Leonie Freeman said the release of 50 sites on 2ha would all be for private sale at prices that “will reflect the current market at the time of sale”. …

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

14 comments on “National’s social housing policy in action ”

  1. Al66 1

    How is this “social housing”?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      It’s not, it’s helping the rich to even more money while screwing over the poor.

      • NZJester 1.1.1

        Actually it is helping the rich to even more money while screwing over the middle class and the poor.
        The middle class are finding they can no longer afford to get their own home and must keep paying higher and higher rents to the rich house owners.
        As for the poor they are living in caravans and sheds paying rents that used to get them an actual house.

        • Scintilla

          They are selling now while they can still make a massive profit. Actually building social housing won’t start until the market has imploded and, horrors, the new govt has to kick-start the economy with a massive build-a-thon.

          • Murray Simmonds

            Exactly right Scintilla.

            Remember how they’d planned to put Solid Energy into the package of assets up for sale in the previous term? They knew it was expected to go belly up pretty soon but nevertheless they hoped to flog it off to the public before that happened. Unfortunately, it went belly up sooner than they’d expected and so they had to withdraw it from the Asset Sales Program.

            Now its Housing NZ stock. My guess is that they are expecting the Auckland housing bubble to implode pretty soon, so that is why they want to flog it off sooner rather than later.

            Of course they will attempt, through Gov’t policy (i.e. more of the kind of totally ineffectual intervention they come up with thus far) to delay the bubble implosion as long as possible.

            Because most Nat voters own property and are delighted to see the bubble swelling and swelling apparently endlessly. And ya never know: They might just get lucky enough for the implosion not to occur until AFTER the next election.

  2. NZJester 2

    I thought everyone knew how their social housing policy worked.
    1: You starve housing NZ of funds needed to maintain and repair state houses.
    2: Once the house becomes unlivable and those in need of housing do not want to move into it you claim it is excess unneeded stock.
    3: You sell excess unneeded stock to mom and pop investors (Mom and pop investors = Rich National Supporters) for the low market rate of just the land in a poor suburb as the house is now worthless.
    4: The mom and pop investors remove the old houses and build expensive houses turning the area into a rich suburb that vastly improves the market value of the land and they then flick it off to over seas investors at a huge profit.
    5: A part of that huge profit goes back to National as an anonymous cabinet club donation.

    That way everyone is happy except for those who need housing. But then they did not help fund National through anonymous cabinet club donations so why would National care about them.

    • philj 2.1

      You do not jest. Your analysis is pretty accurate. Can’t see any improvement in the state provisioning of state housing. And Oz doesn’t seem to be an option for decent pay or jobs any more. Brighter future and rock star economy? Yeah right,, wing tripe.

    • ropata 2.2

      land of the wrong right wing crowd.
      a land where the poor have no power.
      a land where your “job” has zero hours.
      but handouts go to casinos with towers,

    • Grace Miller 2.3

      Damn you, Jester!

      Right on the money, alas 🙁

      And let’s be honest, it’s *always* about the money with this government of pigs at the trough.

  3. ropata 3

    Another dick move by the trojan horse bankster party. Pump and dump.
    Just down the road is the highly successful Addison community: high density housing close to the railway & sports grounds & the motorway. This area of Papakura used to be Army land, there was a lot of social housing for the troops, as well as state houses all around. This government values money over people.

  4. Tracey 4

    what happened between 2004 and 2008? Did Labour get far down the planning stage to build on the land?

  5. Penny Bright 5


    9 April 2015

    Press Release: Housing Lobby Spokesperson Sue Henry
    “Stop selling State Housing stock Bill English!”

    “Under the watch of Bill English as Minister of Housing New Zealand, this Government’s policy relating to State Housing tenants has seen
    Housing NZ have a paradigm shift.

    “From providing homes for those on low incomes, with stable, secure tenancies, with ‘income-related rents,’ to abdicating this responsibility by catering to property development companies at the top end of the market for speculative gain, under the Public-Private Partnership model.”

    “It’s unfortunate that ‘social housing’ groups were part of constructing this unworkable policy which overseas translated into tenants being found dead in the gutter with wads of worthless housing vouchers in their pockets.”



    “The fact is – State Housing is PUBLIC, and ‘social housing’

    “We want the Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Act 2013 repealed forthwith.”


    Sue Henry

    Housing Lobby

  6. The Murphey 6

    What ‘New Zealand’ will be left with once this experiment has run its course

    Ruinous debt
    Societal dislocation and breakdown

  7. Jan Rivers 7

    A newly formed organisation State Housing Action Network (SHAN) has written to all the potential social housing providers advising them of the impact of buying state houses.

    It must have hit some buttons because within four and a half hours the Deputy Prime Minister had responded with a press release aiming to counter the arguments made by SHAN.

    This includes the following “commitments”. I’m not enough in the loop on housing to interpret what these mean but maybe others can comment.

    “Housing New Zealand and community housing providers will collectively provide more social housing places than there are now.

    Properties will be sold only if this results in better services for tenants and fair and reasonable value for taxpayers.

    Tenants in properties that are sold will continue to be housed for the duration of their need.

    The Government will spend more on income-related rent subsidies and ensure that Housing New Zealand has enough capital to build new social housing and to develop its existing properties.”

    Given some of the heart-breaking stories of forced evictions http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20167656/auckland-state-house-protest-blocks-far-north-home-project and relocation of homes it is interesting to speculate what these commitments might amount to in practice.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago