May 14, 2014
Boarded up houses affecting schools
Waikato Hauraki MP Nanaia Mahuta says the Government’s failing housing policy is undermining schools and communities in her electorate.
National wants to increase the percentage of social housing provided by the community and private sectors, and it also plans to sell off state housing in many smaller centres.
Ms Mahuta says she’s seeing the effects with state housing in places like Huntly boarded up while whanau can’t find homes they can afford.
"What we know is that if whanau get stable housing, then kids are more likely to stay at one school rather than move to four schools during the year, so it can all have a relative benefit if we can place people in good homes," she says.
Nanaia Mahuta says she’s interested in the partnership Tainui and Te Runanga o Kirikiroa are forming to create housing opportunities in Fairfield, but the Government also needs to play its part.
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