State house tenants happy their homes won’t be sold

State house tenants in Christchurch have described the news their home won’t be sold as the best Christmas present.

The government has kept an election promise by putting an end to the mass sell-off of Housing New Zealand stock.

Yesterday’s announcement by Housing Minister Phil Twyford meant people living in 2500 state homes across Christchurch won’t be getting a new landlord.

Those homes were due to be sold by the middle of next year to community social housing providers, but would now stay in government hands.

Gail Scott had been living in one of those homes more than 20 years, and led the fight against the National Party’s plans to sell them.

She said the news is a great Christmas present, and it makes people feel settled.

Naenae Higgs worked with Gail Scott on the campaign to stop the houses being sold.