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This week we high­light the va­can­cies in state hous­ing in Porirua, P5, and the re­gion, P1.

Kapi-Mana News re­porter Vir­ginia Fal­lon in­ves­ti­gated not only which houses were empty, but why. Un­cov­er­ing the hundreds of homes that are wait­ing re­pair, are earthquake prone or about to be sold.

State hous­ing is a vi­tal part of so­ci­ety for those that need help and for the most part Hous­ing NZ, coun­cils and other or­gan­i­sa­tions do a great job.

Yes, 486 empty houses out of thou­sands isn’t many. But that’s 486 in­di­vid­u­als or fam­i­lies in our re­gion who are wait­ing for a home or are home­less be­cause of the va­can­cies.

This week we con­tinue our lo­cal elec­tion cov­er­age with pro­files on the 14 can­di­dates, yes 14, in the East­ern ward, P6. They are vy­ing for only four seats.

Vot­ing doc­u­ments will be de­liv­ered from Septem­ber 16 to 21.

I en­cour­age you to en­gage with the elec­tions and have your say.

- AmyJack­man

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