There is strong interest in the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry with hundreds of public submissions already received and the first hearing to be held at Auckland’s Te Puea Marae.
People who are homeless, those who were once homeless, those working with the homeless and concerned New Zealanders still have two weeks to share their experiences of and solutions to this growing issue.
More than 55,000 New Zealanders have used Labour’s interactive housing map in its first week to see how the housing crisis is affecting their local community, Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“Our innovative map shows the housing crisis is a nation-wide problem; a fact supported by the daily stories of rocketing house prices, out of control rents, and homelessness from across the country.
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett needs to explain why the Government thinks it is acceptable for it to refer families to live in garages and sheds, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“This is a new low, just when you thought the housing crisis couldn’t get any worse.
New data showing homeownership rates continue to fall and more Kiwis than ever rent, highlights why Labour’s plan to build 10 times more affordable housing in Auckland is so desperately needed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“Labour’s Affordable Housing Authority will oversee the building of 5000 affordable houses on average in Auckland every year for 10 years. This year fewer than 500 affordable homes will be built in our biggest city.
National has broken a promise to subsidise the rent of 3000 low-income New Zealanders to make up for its state house sell-off, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“When John Key announced last year the Government would sell-off 8000 state houses, he said the Income-Related Rent Subsidy would be increased by 3000. The Prime Minister used his State of the Nation speech in 2015 to commit to growing this support to 65,000 places by 2017/18.
The Government should publicly release its detailed analysis of rail to Auckland Airport before it closes off options, so the public can have an informed debate, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford.
The Transport Agency today said it is no longer investigating a heavy rail line to the airport.