The Government and state housing
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