February 20, 2018
National’s homeless response defended
National’s Maori development spokesperson Nuk Korako says National had its response to homelessness well in hand at the time it left Government.
Housing advocates and social agencies are in Auckland today for the Coalition to End Homelessness Conference, which includes a strong focus on the experience of whanau Maori.
Mr Korako says National put in place a comprehensive plan for housing and helped tens of thousands of people into their first homes, as well providing better social and emergency housing for those in need,
He says there are an estimated 1400 rough sleepers, many of whom have mental health or addiction issues.
"With the National Government we were starting to use that social investment approach to help them sort of individually. Having this conference, if it’s going to help, kei te pai, but a lot of that work had already been done and it’s just a matter of actually trying to sort of continue on with the work we were doing when we were in government," Mr Korako says.
He says a report commissioned by Housing Minister Phil Twyford on the extent of the housing crisis threw up little and the Government should get on with building houses
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