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Waikato, Labour

The peo­ple of Mata­mata-Pi­ako are suf­fer­ing be­cause of the hous­ing cri­sis. I hear of sick chil­dren liv­ing in over­crowded, un­san­i­tary, unin­su­lated ac­com­mo­da­tion, and see fam­i­lies not be­ing able to af­ford rent let alone pur­chase their own home.

I be­lieve it is im­por­tant for fam­i­lies to live in a warm, dry, and sta­ble home, so they can be healthy, get the ed­u­ca­tion they need, hold down jobs, and be pos­i­tive con­tribut­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

This is what I want for my two-year-old daugh­ter, and for all fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, in the past year, house prices in­creased in Mata­mata-Pi­ako by 20.1 per cent, from $285,000 to $342,000.

Home own­er­ship has dropped as peo­ple can­not af­ford to own their own homes. Just 30 per cent of adults un­der 40 own their own home in the dis­trict. In Waikato last year, rents in­creased by 2.9per cent an av­er­age $325 per week. In Mata­mata-Pi­ako, 207 houses have no heat­ing, and there are 12 fam­i­lies wait­ing for state houses while seven state houses sit empty. These statis­tics are shock­ing. The govern­ment has failed to solve the hous­ing cri­sis.

Labour’s plans will pro­vide govern­ment sup­port to solve this is­sue so that we can fi­nally see in the changes that the com­mu­nity so des­per­ately needs.

Maori Party, Hau­raki-Waikato

peo­ple, and our wha¯nau. Wha¯nau and com­mu­nity led so­lu­tions are re­quired. These so­lu­tions must in­clude more new Wha¯nau Ora nav­i­ga­tor po­si­tions, more in­vest­ment into com­mu­nity led de­vel­op­ment projects in the ar­eas of health, hous­ing, em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, and so on. Drug de­pen­dency is a grow­ing prob­lem. There is a need to es­tab­lish Kau­papa Ma¯ori drug and al­co­hol res­i­den­tial treat­ment cen­tres and more com­mu­nity-based pro­grammes.

We must work to­gether to think boldly and be in­no­va­tive, build­ing fences at the top of cliffs, not am­bu­lances (and prisons) at the bot­tom.

All of these is­sues are in­ter-re­lated and con­nected, and must be ad­dressed to achieve to­tal well­be­ing.

New Zealand First, Waikato

Philippa Steven­son: Too few GPs work­ing in the dis­trict to meet health needs of our com­mu­ni­ties.

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