Government must pick up healthy homes Bill

Following the tragic death of Emma-Lita Bourne, Labour is today resubmitting its healthy homes Bill and calls on the Government to immediately adopt it.

“This Bill will ensure every rental property in New Zealand – whether it is a state house or private rental – meets minimum standards of heating and insulation,” Labour Leader and the Bill’s sponsor Andrew Little says.

“It is not just substandard state houses which are making our kids sick. There are many private rentals in just as poor a condition as the home that contributed to the death of Emma-Lita.

Research shows that just over 70 per cent of children in poverty live in rental accommodation and the majority – 53 per cent – live in private rental properties.

“A decade after John Key visited McGehan Close and promised to improve the lives of those in poverty, life is getting harder for our most vulnerable.

“The Prime Minister promised after last year’s election to address child poverty. It is much easier to heat an insulated house for $25 a week.

“Our original healthy homes bill was voted down in five minutes by just one vote. The additional NZ First MP bought into Parliament following the Northland by-election means it would now pass.

“The MPs who voted against Labour’s original legislation should hang their heads in shame. John Key now has an opportunity to do the right thing and adopt our new Bill – today,” Andrew Little says.