Moana Court on the block

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The Moana Court flats could be sold for $1, and re­moved from so­cial hous­ing af­ter as lit­tle as 15 years, it was re­vealed at a Porirua City Coun­cil meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

The coun­cil is propos­ing to sell or lease the low-cost hous­ing for over60s in Ti­tahi Bay. The public will be able to sub­mit on its pro­posal from March 27 dur­ing the coun­cil’s long term plan con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

To make the Te Pene Ave prop­erty more at­trac­tive to buy­ers, the prop­erty could be of­fered for as lit­tle as $1 in re­turn for a guar­an­tee to keep it in so­cial hous­ing for sev­eral years, the coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of strat­egy and plan­ning Moira Lawler told coun­cil­lors.

‘‘[That’s] as­sum­ing coun­cil would con­sider fore­go­ing any real value,’’ Ms Lawler said.

This pep­per­corn-value sale was not un­com­mon for coun­cil as­sets, Ms Lawler said.

But a 25-year com­mit­ment would make the prop­erty unattrac­tive to buy­ers, coun­cil­lor Sue Dow said.

‘‘I think that could be a bur­den for any prospec­tive pur­chaser.’’

Coun­cil­lor Liz Kelly agreed and sug­gested the time limit be low­ered to 15 years.

‘‘I don’t be­lieve that’s un­rea­son- able given the age of these tenants. We would have looked af­ter their best in­ter­ests in their life­times.’’

Coun­cil’s mo­ti­va­tion for sell­ing the 24 bed­sits and two one-be­d­room flats was in the in­ter­ests of tenants, mayor Nick Leggett said.

‘‘Is the coun­cil the best provider of this ser­vice? There are peo­ple in there who need a higher level of care than a roof over their heads. We’re not skilled, we’re not equipped as an or­gan­i­sa­tion to de­liver it.’’

The coun­cil is not man­ag­ing the hous­ing as well as oth­ers could – tenants are not means-tested and the rent has not been as­sessed for eight years, Mr Leggett said.

Ten­ant Robert Ov­erend dis­puted the coun­cil’s claim the flats need ur­gent re­fur­bish­ing which it can’t af­ford.

‘‘That’s bulls . . t,’’ he told coun­cil­lors. If the flats were sub-stan­dard, they couldn’t be let as coun­cil hous­ing, he said.

Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Graeme Eb­bett said the coun­cil was putting the cart be­fore the horse by sell­ing the flats with­out cre­at­ing a so­cial hous­ing pol­icy.

‘‘It should be con­sid­er­ing that be­fore it starts dis­pos­ing of some­thing that’s such a strong part of the com­mu­nity in Ti­tahi Bay.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.