Cun­liffe vows to put em­pha­sis on hous­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LIE MITCHELL

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.’’

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