Don’t sell homes
Why are Porirua councillors even thinking of selling the only council housing we own?
The elderly people who live in Moana Court are wise and experienced enough to know their future will be more precarious if this proposal goes ahead.
Experience tells us that contracting out public services to the private sector leads to higher costs for taxpayers and ratepayers, the loss of accountability and poorer service.
Hospital cleaning and home-care services for the elderly are just two examples: services built on a model of cheap labour and service cuts to maximise private profits.
In the last local body election, not a single councillor, from the mayor down, campaigned on a platform to privatise social housing for elderly residents.
Quite simply, councillors do not have a mandate to do this.
ANNE GOODMAN, Titahi Bay