Views of com­mu­nity on va­cant Porirua land

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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.’’

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