Hous­ing NZ shameful

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Can the gen­eral man­ager of Hous­ing New Zealand prop­erty ser­vice re­ally claim that there is a low de­mand for hous­ing in Porirua?

Why then is more than one fam­ily liv­ing in some houses? Some of them I know are sleep­ing in the garage of a home.

There may be a de­mand for onebed­room homes in Welling­ton, but not ev­ery­one wants to live in Welling­ton.

Two cou­ples I know want to live in this city and are look­ing for homes.

Would they go to Haz­ard Grove or other ar­eas of Porirua East? The an­swer is no be­cause Hous­ing New Zealand has let it de­te­ri­o­rate to such a state that it is de­press­ing to even drive through.

I have been to Haz­ard Grove many times and it now at­tracts the party peo­ple and crime.

A lot of the houses there are boarded up and have been stripped of hot wa­ter cylin­ders, stoves and any fix­tures.

Years ago an in­spec­tor would go to each house and we got a rent re­duc­tion for keep­ing the out­side and in­side in good con­di­tion.

Peo­ple in our street took pride in their homes so rent wouldn’t in­crease.

Also, when you rang to re­port some­thing not work­ing or win­dows jammed etc, some­body would be round to fix it (you wait months now).

I feel sorry for the Hunt­leys (Novem­ber 11) try­ing to keep their home nice when in the win­ter cold comes in the win­dows and mould grows on walls. And they have the anx­i­ety of not know­ing when they may have to leave.

Hav­ing spo­ken to [Mana MP] Kris Faafoi when he ad­dressed a meet­ing I at­tended, I was told that Hous­ing New Zealand would be start­ing work on these houses on Au­gust 14.

Shame on you, Hous­ing New Zealand.

You are do­ing noth­ing to help the peo­ple of Porirua.

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