Views of community on vacant Porirua land
Lower North Island Habitat for Humanity chairman Neil MacDonald said the organisation had approached the Government about building affordable, insulated and double-glazed homes, if it was given the land. But the Government had replied that it would sell the land at market rates. ‘‘They make it too hard.’’
Rev Pereama Leasi, from the Church of Christ the King in Cannons Creek, said 40 per cent of his congregation lived in state houses and more homes were needed to help those on the waiting lists. ‘‘There is a collective responsibility that we as a community, alongside Housing New Zealand, must make this happen.’’
Porirua City councillor and mayoral candidate Euon Murrell said while housing was a Government issue, local bodies would continue to lobby hard. The onus needed to be put on private landlords as well, he insisted.
Russell School principal Sose Annandale said recently a family had been forced to move to Motueka because when they had to move out of their current home near the school, nothing was available in Porirua. ‘‘We want warm and safe housing and we want it here.’’