The Gov­ern­ment and state hous­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Christina Papadopoulos says (Fe­bru­ary 24) that the Gov­ern­ment is no longer ca­pa­ble of run­ning state hous­ing as times have changed and the re­sources are not there any more.

In fact, the state is as ca­pa­ble of run­ning state hous­ing now as ever it was.

What has changed is the at­tempt by suc­ces­sive Na­tional Party gov­ern­ments to take the state out of hous­ing or at least min­imise its in­volve­ment and hand it over to the pri­vate sec­tor.

What Christina is say­ing is ex­actly what the Gov­ern­ment wants her and the rest of us to say, be­cause it is the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy to man­u­fac­ture a sit­u­a­tion where the re­sources are not there.

State hous­ing is as needed to­day as ever and the Gov­ern­ment is just as ca­pa­ble of run­ning it .

What has changed is the will, which this Gov­ern­ment does not have.

The non­sense we hear about trans­fer­ring ‘‘so­cial hous­ing’’ to pri­vate sec­tor groups is not fea­si­ble. Ex­ist­ing so­cial ser­vice providers have till now pro­vided some very good sup­ple­men­tary ser­vices to what the state should and does pro­vide.

But they them­selves have stated that with­out sub­stan­tial gov­ern­ment fund­ing and sub­si­dies they will not have the re­sources to do what is be­ing talked about.

His­tory has shown that with­out state in­ter­ven­tion the pri­vate sec­tor and the va­garies of the mar­ket will never meet all New Zealan­ders’ so­cial hous­ing needs.

That is un­likely to hap­pen un­der the present Gov­ern­ment and only a change of gov­ern­ment to a Labour-led one can en­sure we will re­turn to sen­si­ble so­cial hous­ing poli­cies.

ig­nor­ing the law, and in­sult­ing those charged with car­ry­ing out the re­search needed to de­ter­mine what’s safe for each area.

You’re also ig­nor­ing ev­ery­one else’s right to travel safely on the road, and to ar­rive at their des­ti­na­tion with­out be­ing hit by some­one who can’t stop in time to avoid them.

Two deaths and six se­ri­ous in­juries might not sound like much over a pe­riod of 10 years – but that’s eight fam­i­lies af­fected.

Since the Whit­ford Brown Ave cam­era came into use, per­haps those speed­ing have had a wakeup call to get their speedome­ters checked.

If any are found faulty, then it’s easy to at least in­struct ev­ery­one us­ing the ve­hi­cle to al­low for the dis­crep­ancy, and so stay within the limit.

Four decades ago a fam­ily mem­ber re­ceived a ticket for speed­ing, and was cer­tain he’d

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