A great artcile here from Ro Cambridge in Nelson Mail
We need a government sector which will invest further in state houses. We need funds from Housing NZ Loans invested back into social housing provision which is for capital development of further provision for those in need. We need the real estate world to give something back from the the $B's they have creamed off ordinary NZ'rs as well as many foreign investors.
I continue to be appalled that the Accommodation Supplement paid directly to landlords/investors now is worth upwards of $2B per year!
The investor's are laughing all the way to you know where....
Here in Nelson these issues are just as relevant.
We need a robust Affordable Housing Strategy and an implementation plan in place within the year to begin to address affordability here in Nelson - one of the least affordable provincial cities in NZ and has been for at least 15 years. when are we going to begin to do something about our issues.? I want to be on Council and I will continue to be a strong advocate and worker for this issue as a primary concern. If we can start to address some of this, then a lot of other social issues start to ease.
Nelsonian of the Year 2009
Queen’s Service Medal 2010
Founding Chair of the
Nelson Tasman Housing Trust
Founding & Current Director of Victory Community Centre
(NZ Community of the Year 2010)