Improving outcomes for tenants
The Government has announced that $9 million will be available for a new package of initiatives designed to help individuals and families who are either homeless or at risk of losing their existing tenancies.
The package has two main initiatives:
$3 million for Housing First, a proven internationally acclaimed initiative that first moves people into housing and then provides support to address the issues underpinning their homelessness;
$6 million for Better Housing Outcomes, a range of solutions to prevent homelessness by working with social housing tenants who are potentially at risk of eviction. Up to $1 million of this fund will support some families who could either look towards home ownership or are able to move into a private rental and free up a social house. . New Zealand’s native birds and plants are a treasured part of our nation’s identity and our native species are a huge source of national pride.
However, many of our most threatened native animals come under constant attack from introduced predators such as rats, stoats and possums.
These animals kill around 25 million native birds a year and are the most significant cause of New Zealand’s decline of threatened species.
The Government recently revealed its plan to tackle these rampant rodents by announcing an ambitious goal of ridding New Zealand of all predators by 2050.
A new company will be launched, which will match Government resources with local government, community groups, iwi and philanthropists to develop predator eradication programmes. Imagine being an owner of a bus depot with no walls who is forced to install four exit signs, just in case people can’t find their way out if there is a fire.
Or having to spend $30,000 to put in a driveway and move a water-tank from the back to the front of a house because if the house caught fire, the fire chief would not drive his truck past the house to the tank in case it caught fire too.
Those are just two examples of some of the loopy rules that could go after the Government’s response to the Rules Reduction Taskforce’s ‘‘Loopy Rules’’ report.
The taskforce was set up in 2014 to hear which property related rules and regulations stop people from getting on with the job.
It submitted a report which identified 75 opportunities to improve the way rules and regulations are developed and implemented at a local level.
Now the Government has begun work to address the 72 recommendations it accepted.
Lindsay Tisch, MPfor Waikato
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