Committee hears of community suffering under govt housing policies

Committee hears of community suffering under govt housing policies


Community group Tu Tangata Maraenui have spoken to the Social Services
Committee today regarding the housing situation
in their community. They say empty state houses
are being trashed and those that are still good
aren’t being re-let to those in desperate need. A topic of huge concern
for the people of Maraenui. The group, Tu Tangata Maraenui is speaking with
the Social Welfare Committee about the Housing Corporation houses
in their community that stand empty. Former Housing Minister Phil Heatley
says there’s a reason there are no tenants in the houses. In November last year, they marched to Parliament
with a petition for the Housing Corporation
to change their rules for renting properties. In spite of their battle, they returned empty handed
with more problems than before. Irena Smith, Te Karere.

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