Housing New Zealand must move quickly to ensure that every one of its 2128 state houses in Otara are warm, dry and healthy, Labour’s MP for Manukau East Jenny Salesa says.
“The death of toddler Emma-Lita Bourne was an unnecessary tragedy and my heart goes out to her family.
“It’s unacceptable that living in a cold, damp state house was likely to have contributed to her death.
“Although Housing New Zealand says it’s insulated its houses ‘where practicable’, reports suggest the Bourne’s home still had to be upgraded to meet basic health and safety standards.
“It is an indictment on the National Government that it voted down Labour’s Healthy Homes Bill, which would have ensured that all our rental properties were warm and dry.
“Along with other South Auckland Labour MPs, I recently arranged a public meeting to discuss the growing impact of inadequate housing on our community.
“The tragic death of Emma-Lita makes this meeting all the more important. I implore everyone concerned about Auckland’s housing crisis to attend,” Jenny Salesa says.
* The South Auckland Housing Meeting will take place on Saturday 20 June at 3pm at the LDS Church Hall, 75 Ferguson Road, Otara.