Cunliffe vows to put emphasis on housing
Labour leader David Cunliffe visited Cannons Creek last week and committed to more affordable housing for lower income families.
Accompanied by Mana MP Kris Faafoi, the Labour leader was in Porirua to visit Wesley Community Action, a Porirua group that provides services to members of the community.
They earlier visited Advantage4Me, a high-tech company based in Porirua.
The MPs wandered down the main street of Cannons Creek, stepping into shops to chat to business owners and passers-by.
Cunliffe said the Government had failed to avert a housing crisis, which was hitting people in poorer communities particularly hard.
‘‘ I guess [ John Key] isn’t out enough in the communities, where people don’t have enough money in their wallets and can’t afford rent,’’ he said.
‘‘Our commitment to housing is very strong. We just want to see New Zealanders in homes that they can afford.’’
A lack of affordable housing was among the issues discussed with Wesley Community Action. They also talked about the need for higher-paying jobs for Porirua.
Faafoi said he was pleased to take Cunliffe to Wesley Community Action, and echoed Cunliffe’s statements about the need for affordable housing.
‘‘Having a good safe home to live in is one of the things that’s a real struggle at the moment. It’s tough out there,’’ Faafoi said.
‘‘[ Wesley] are a longstanding organisation who have seen at the front line there’s real pain there, especially in the area of housing, and also around children.
‘‘Those two areas are going to be fundamental pillars of our campaign.’’
Faafoi said Porirua residents were receptive to Cunliffe and Labour’s policies. ‘‘I think we’re talking their language when it comes to housing and jobs, which is why we wanted to make sure we visit an organisation like Wesley.
‘‘They keep the place connected and ticking over for the people most in need in our community.’’