The Nats’ plan to sell off state houses is moving forward quickly:
First regions chosen in social housing shake-up
The Government says it is using Tauranga and Invercargill as a test case for the transition of state houses to community housing providers (CHP). … The two regions have been chosen as the first areas as part of the Government’s plan to hand over between 1000 and 2000 Housing New Zealand (HNZ) homes to registered CHPs over the next year.
As per the title of this piece, National are spinning this as a plan for “social housing”:
Ms Bennett says providers in other regions have also expressed interest. “This is a great opportunity for these areas to deliver services locally. We know that vulnerable New Zealanders do better when services are delivered by local people for local people.”
What a load of rapidly spinning bollocks. As the Greens point out:
Govt won’t rule out state-house sales to foreign buyers
Bill English’s refusal in Parliament today to rule out selling state houses to non-resident foreign individuals or companies, or put a restriction on those groups selling them on for non social-housing use, demonstrates that the Government’s “social housing reform” is just a state-house sell off.
“We have to ask ourselves why these non-resident off-shore investors would possibly want to be social housing landlords in New Zealand.
“Is it because they genuinely care about providing a good service to vulnerable, needy Kiwis or is it because they’re snapping them up with the intention of waiting for the properties to appreciate in value, before selling them on as soon as they can?
“National’s state-house sell-off isn’t about providing a better or more efficient service, or any of the other lines they’ve spouted so far – it’s about money, pure and simple.
“The Government’s state-house sell-off is a disaster for vulnerable New Zealanders and it’s time the Government called it what it really is – a land grab,” said Mrs Turei.
If National were serious about their “social housing” spin they would place restrictions on the use and resale of these houses. Without such protections it’s just another privatisation of public assets.