“I don’t mind who builds them, just build them.”
That’s the message from the Rev Perema Leasi, after news that New Zealand has nearly 4000 fewer state homes than it did two years ago.
He sighs every time he walks back on to empty land where previously Housing New Zealand homes stood in his Porirua community.
“It’s been five years that I have been asking for homes to be built. I just repeat myself now.”
Housing NZ’s latest quarterly report reveals the agency’s portfolio of 63,276 houses had shrunk by 3922 since 2015, including by 1132 properties in the past year.
Social Housing Minister Amy Adams said the majority of the homes had been transferred to community housing providers but Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford said that was splitting hairs.
“They’ve just shifted ownership instead of building more, that’s why they’re spending $140,000 a day on emergency accommodation.”
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