June 29, 2015
Flavell backs state house sell-off
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is backing the Government’s efforts to reduce the involvement of the state in housing New Zealanders.
Finance Minster Bill English, who is also the Minister in charge of Housing New Zealand, revealed on the weekend that Queensland charity Horizon Housing may buy some of the 2000 houses in Tauranga and Invercargill the Government wants to sell.
Mr Flavell says he is keen for iwi to also get the opportunity to bid, but he has no problems with the concept of creating a secondary market in social housing.
"If there are people who can do things better than the government then why would we not take it up. I mean that should be a key platform because if we can make savings and better quality of services then one might suspect that if somebody else can do it better than maybe the government should butt out. And thats exactly why our people want to have a go in this space" says Te Ururoa Flavell.
Meanwhile, Ngati Whatua o Orakei has asked the High Court for a judicial review of the Governments plans to sell crown land in Auckland to developers willing to use a small portion of it for affordable and social housing.
Copyright © 2015, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com