Coun­cil en­dorses re­port on Porirua hous­ing work

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Porirua City Coun­cil has wel­comed in­for­ma­tion from Hous­ing New Zealand about its on­go­ing work pro­gramme for the 2698 state houses it man­ages in Porirua.

The coun­cil had raised con­cerns about the in­su­la­tion and main­te­nance of a num­ber of Porirua prop­er­ties when Hous­ing NZ at­tended a coun­cil meet­ing in June.

Te Komiti chair­per­son Euon Mur­rell says he is pleased that Hous­ing NZ has ‘‘fronted up’’.

‘‘I’m de­lighted they have given us a work pro­gramme that clearly iden­ti­fies what they plan to do for their hous­ing stock here in Porirua. The pro­posed work will have a big im­pact on the health of those fam­i­lies whose homes are ear­marked for im­prove­ments. I’m also very pleased that HNZ is com­mit­ted to rede­vel­op­ment projects in Porirua such as Cas­tor Loop and Can­nons Creek.’’

Over the next 12 months Hous­ing NZ has promised to:

Im­prove the roofs in 50 Porirua state houses ($400,000)

Mod­ernise 179 prop­er­ties ($1.7 mil­lion)

In­stall new en­ergy ef­fi­cient heat­ing sources in 52 prop­er­ties ($179,000)

In­vest $104,000 in other in­ter­ven­tions such as floor re­place­ments, fenc­ing and drive­ways

Continue its main­te­nance pro- gramme af­fect­ing 288 houses in Porirua-Kapiti ($864,000)

In­su­late 237 prop­er­ties ($360,000)

Hous­ing NZ has told the coun­cil it is com­mit­ted to in­su­lat­ing prop­er­ties where prac­ti­cal, but that some can­not be in­su­lated for struc­tural rea­sons (such as con­crete floors) and these would be sold to the pri­vate sec­tor.

‘‘ Sell­ing these homes could merely shift the prob­lem,’’ says Mr Mur­rell.

‘‘We wel­come the rec­om­men­da­tion in the Ex­perts Ad­vi­sory Group So­lu­tions to Child Poverty re­port re­leased last week, call­ing for a Rental Hous­ing War­rant of Fit­ness to en­sure all rentals (both so­cial hous­ing and pri­vate rentals) meet min­i­mum health and safety stan­dards.

‘‘Cur­rent reg­u­la­tory ar­range­ments in this area have not been amended since 1947.’’

The EAG re­port notes that 70 per cent of all chil­dren liv­ing in poverty live in rental ac­com­mo­da­tion (20 per cent in state houses and 50 per cent in pri­vate rentals).

‘‘With Porirua’s youth­ful pop­u­la­tion it is crit­i­cal that we do all we can to lift hous­ing stan­dards.

‘‘Only then will we be able to see progress in re­duc­ing our high rates of rheumatic fever, res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness and se­ri­ous skin in­fec­tions in chil­dren.’’

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