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South Auckland housing meeting highlights stark realities

The stark realities of life for South Aucklanders in substandard Housing New Zealand and private rental homes were fully exposed at a South Auckland housing meeting today, Labour’s MP for Manukau East Jenny Salesa says.

“Local people generously shared their personal experiences. Together with the 50 housing complaints that my office has heard over the last 10 days, they illustrate in heart-breaking detail how badly this Government is failing ordinary Kiwis.

“It is an outrage how many people with serious health issues, such as rheumatic fever, asthma, bronchiolitis and pneumonia, have no option but to stay in cold, damp and mouldy or vermin-infested houses.

“As Labour Leader Andrew Little has said, members of this Government should hang their heads in shame over refusing to pass Labour’s 2013 Healthy Homes bill in the face of the appalling living conditions for so many in this country.

“The Bill would have ensured every rental property in the country – state house or private rental – meets minimum standards of heating and insulation, yet it was voted down by just one vote within five minutes.

“Labour has resubmitted it to the Parliamentary ballot after the tragic deaths of Otara toddler Emma-Lita Bourne and Papakura father Soesa Tovo, been of which have been linked to the poor condition of their state houses.

“Members of Parliament, from across all Parties, should step up for the people of New Zealand, vote for this legislation and give the green light to start saving lives,” Jenny Salesa says.