Dear Prime Minister John Key,
We are writing to you to seek your cooperation in ensuring that New Zealanders who rent have warm, healthy homes.
We know that, like all New Zealanders you will have been deeply upset by the coroner’s finding that a state house was so cold, damp, and unhealthy that it contributed to the death of two year old Emma-Lita Bourne.
That should never happen in New Zealand and is a matter that is beyond party politics. It goes to the core of who we are as a society.
Your party has said that it wants to fix the issue of cold, damp rentals, and we believe that commitment is genuine. Now we want you to work constructively with us; to take the next step and ensure every rental property has insulation and effective heating.
We welcome news that the Government is working on some standards for rentals but we are concerned that they will not be strong enough. We need to ensure that all rental houses will be warm, dry, and safe for the families that live in them.
On Wednesday, Labour's Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that sets standards for insulation and heating in rental properties, will be debated in Parliament. We want to work with you to find a way that National can support this Bill and help ensure that every Kiwi house is a safe and healthy home.