May 20, 2014
Budget policies ignore south Auckland reality
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says there is nothing in the budget to improve the housing prospects of her constituents.
Ms Wall says it’s a major problem in south Auckland, with housing ownership in the electorate under 50 percent and a high level of transience and associated social problems.
She says while National and Maori Party MPs are pointing to a major iwi-led housing development at Weymouth as a positive achievement, it’s not part of any wider strategy.
"I know the Housing Foundation is engaged in that process but there is no direct link between Housing New Zealand and social housing provision so we are not going to identify people who have been within the Housing New Zealand system and try to transition them into those houses," Ms Wall says.
She says a budget pledge to increase the age of eligibility for free doctor’s visits from 6 to 13 also rings hollow when south Auckland is short by 100 GPs and 200 midwives.
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