Nowhere to call home
Taupo MP Louise Upston said increasing the area’s housing stock was going to take some time but the Government was working to speed things up.
‘‘While it is really positive that more people are moving to areas such as South Waikato, the increased population brings with it challenges as well as rewards,’’ she said.
‘‘That is why I am continuing to work closely with the South Waikato District Council and other agencies to ensure we have planning in place for the infrastructure, transport, schools and housing needed to accommodate the increase in residents.’’
‘‘One example of this is the Putaruru Growth Plan. I have been working with the council to facilitate its ability to streamline the process to make land available for new houses sooner through the Resource Management Act,’’ she said.
Molan said the only short term fix was to raise awareness.
‘‘We are taking part in the Salvation Army’s 14 Hours Homeless Appeal by doing a sleep-out outside the church on Friday, October 13 from 5pm.’’
‘‘It’s being organised by Debbie Newton and there will be people sleeping in cardboard boxes and in their cars just to raise awareness,’’ he said.
Donations can be made into 020464 0146032 00, suffix 14HH.