The invisible man
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.
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