The in­vis­i­ble man

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

The State Hous­ing Ac­tion Net­work is call­ing on the govern­ment to sack Hous­ing New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew McKen­zie.

McKen­zie has con­sis­tently re­fused to be in­ter­viewed by jour­nal­ists to ex­plain and ac­count for Hous­ing New Zealand’s role in the meth con­tam­i­na­tion fi­asco, whereby $100 mil­lion in pub­lic funds was wasted by his agency on bo­gus science.

Un­der McKen­zie, Hous­ing New Zealand con­tin­ued us­ing the bo­gus meth test lev­els even af­ter re­peated warn­ings from the Min­istry of Health that it was mis­us­ing the stan­dard.

Un­der his watch not only were mas­sive amounts of pub­lic funds wasted, but end­less suf­fer­ing has been caused by hun­dreds of evic­tions, bans from ac­cess to state hous­ing and hunt­ing down of ten­ants through the Te­nancy Tri­bunal to pay for hugely ex­pen­sive and un­nec­es­sary clean-ups. Yet McKen­zie sees him­self as some­how above pub­lic scru­tiny.

He is a pub­lic ser­vant who re­fuses to be ac­count­able to the pub­lic. He has to go.

SHAN has writ­ten to Hous­ing Min­is­ter Phil Twyford to­day de­mand­ing the govern­ment re­quest McKen­zie’s res­ig­na­tion, and if it’s not forth­com­ing he should be sacked. McKen­zie has to go.

JOHN MINTO

Con­venor State Hous­ing Ac­tion

Net­work gov­er­nance. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple lost their jobs, and be­came de­pen­dent on the state for in­come. We were taught that the devil finds work for idle hands. Peo­ple need to be part of so­ci­ety, and their chil­dren need role mod­els with a work ethic.

Sadly, for many thou­sands, the prospect of a good, well­pay­ing job was be­yond their ex­pec­ta­tions.

The Howard League tells us that petty crim­i­nals go into jail and come out as gang mem­bers.

We ap­plaud An­drew Lit­tle’s state­ment that they will not build another prison. Labour is ad­dress­ing the prob­lems of in­equity, and hope­fully dis­en­fran­chised peo­ple will again be­come part of our so­ci­ety. To have an “us” and “them” so­ci­ety cre­ates the prob­lems we are now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Putting petty crim­i­nals into jail for full-on crime train­ing af­fects all of us, and our group does not want to be part of the vic­tims of these newly-trained crim­i­nals.

We are as­sured that real crim­i­nals, who need to be in­car­cer­ated for our safety, will be kept in cus­tody.

Thank you, Labour, for your com­pas­sion and un­der­stand­ing, and putting the money pre­vi­ously put aside for another prison to bet­ter use – hous­ing our peo­ple.

BEV­ER­LEY ALDRIDGE KATH­LEEN PAT­TIN­SON

Ota­matea Grey Power doesn’t fit,’ June 1), and am amazed at how lit­tle he knows of New Zealand’s ‘true’ his­tory.

Taranaki lost their land to the Waikato in 1835. The Gov­er­nor paid off the Waikato and gained own­er­ship over the Taranaki lands. Par­i­haka was built on govern­ment land.

Te Whiti and his sup­port­ers were squat­ting il­le­gally on Crown land that didn’t be­long to them.

Those not killed or taken as slaves, who fled Taranaki, later com­man­deered the Rod­ney and trav­elled to the Chatham Is­lands, slaugh­ter­ing the Mo­ri­ori or farm­ing them like swine into vir­tual ex­tinc­tion. You don’t hear about that.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­ply from the Of­fice of Treaty of Set­tle­ments, the Crown Of­fice was un­able to

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