Im­prov­ing out­comes for ten­ants

North Waikato News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - LIND­SAY TISCH

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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Lind­say Tisch

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