New Zealand Labour Party

Uninsulated state house another broken promise

A cold, damp and leaky Otara home which contributed to the tragic death of a toddler shows the Government has failed to fulfil its commitment to retrofit all state houses with insulation and proper heating, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“This is another broken promise from National.

“The family of Emma-Lita Bourne were on the Housing New Zealand waiting list for a better home at the time of her death.

“Instead of building more state houses to reduce the number of vulnerable families in substandard housing, the Government is selling them off.

“Housing New Zealand has said it has insulated all of its properties ‘where practicable’. It now needs to explain why it wasn’t practicable at the Bourne’s home.

“This tragedy shows the desperate need for the Government to immediately ensure all rental properties are warm and dry. My Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill would have ensured that.

“Unfortunately National voted down Labour’s proposed law. They must now rectify their mistake,” Phil Twyford says.