126 Porirua state homes empty

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Porirua’s empty houses are un­ac­cept­able, Mana MP Kris Faafoi says.

The Labour MP said the empty state houses had long been a prob­lem for Porirua City.

‘‘It isn’t ac­cept­able and it hasn’t been ac­cept­able for a very long time....there’s been so many missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘We hear the mes­sage that they need dif­fer­ent sizes, but [the num­ber of houses] isn’t go­ing up.’’

He said the wait­ing lists proved there was a de­mand in the city for so­cial hous­ing and Hous­ing NZ should be pro­vid­ing more homes, not less.

Of Hous­ing New Zealand’s 2261 prop­er­ties in Porirua, 29 were earthquake prone, 15 con­tam­i­nated by metham­phetamine and 40 were ‘pend­ing sale.’’

A spokesper­son for Hous­ing NZ said the earthquake strength­en­ing work was sched­uled to be fin­ished by the end of Oc­to­ber.

They were un­able to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the houses for sale by Kapi-Mana News’ dead­line.

The wait­ing list, main­tained by the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment, had 128 peo­ple wait­ing for homes in the city.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said he was frus­trated by Hous­ing NZ and he wanted to know why there weren’t more homes avail­able.

‘‘Porirua City Coun­cil put money away for years to help HNZ build homes to ac­com­mo­date the com­mu­nity and we’ve never had the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘What is their plan for ex­ist­ing and new stock in Porirua where the need is ab­so­lutely sig­nif­i­cant?’’

On the Kapi-Mana Facebook page Dianne Khan said she thought the sit­u­a­tion was ridicu­lous.

‘‘There seems to be no real ur­gency to get this sorted, which is an out­rage. We have peo­ple need­ing homes while homes stand empty! Shame­ful.’’

Philip Wind­ley wanted to know why there were empty homes in his street.

‘‘What is the rea­son for them be­ing va­cant? Are they in a pos- ition to be re oc­cu­pied at some stage or are they be­yond that?’’

Cam Dowl­ing took a harder line and said there was another rea­son for the va­can­cies.

‘‘Blame the ir­re­spon­si­ble P cooks and users who made the va­cant state houses un­in­hab­it­able. And why aren’t the ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers help­ing out their own who have nowhere to live? [sic]’’

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Mana MP Kris Faafoi has been ac­tive in ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter state hous­ing in Porirua. Town Hall

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