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During the election campaign Labour dumped on National for proposing to turbo charge the plan first introduced under the Key government which allows state house tenants to achieve the dream of home ownership by purchasing their property with the cash generated from the sale recycled back into acquiring new state housing.

This from St Jacinda … “to suggest as an answer to the housing troubles that New Zealand has experienced that we should sell off state houses I think is absolutely wrong”.

And now it is revealed that over the last three years Labour has quietly gone about doing exactly that with a total of 105 homes worth $30m sold under the Tenant Home Ownership option.

This from Housing Minister Megan Woods … “There are circumstances where selling a home to an existing, established tenant makes sense for the tenant and Kāinga Ora.”

Memo to Woods … never good to dump on your Boss.

Labour has a track record of not being able to lie straight in bed and this is just another example of double-talk misspeak. . But, to be fair, one understands completely why they want to institutionalize state dependency … its in their DNA.


Written by The Veteran

October 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

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  1. Gerald

    October 31, 2020 at 11:09 am

    • Yes Gerald … 17 October 2019 while the Tenant Home Ownership brochure in the link is dated January 2020. Thank you for confirming that Labour was/is promoting the sale of state housing to tenants although you have to ask how can that be given Ardern’s comments.

      The Veteran

      October 31, 2020 at 11:27 am

  2. Why do so many people struggle with the basics of logic? There’s no incompatibility between “Making the selling of state houses the main plank of your state housing policy is a shit idea” and “Occasionally we’re going to sell a state house if it no longer meets the need in the location in it’s in and we’ll put the money into the new ones we’re building.”

    Megan Woods in the article Noel linked to:

    “The Tenant Home Ownership option is used infrequently and has trended a lot lower under the Labour-led Government. It has not been stopped completely as there are circumstances where selling a home to an existing, established tenant makes sense for the tenant and Kāinga Ora,” Woods said.

    She said this was different to what National had previously done.

    “This is completely different to National’s policy of wholesale sell-offs of public housing stock which resulted in thousands of homes being sold.

    “Labour remains committed to building up the public housing stock, not tearing it down. One of the first things we did in Government was to stop the wholesale sell off of public housing, and we have already built and acquired over 4,000 more housing places, and are on track to deliver 18,350 public housing places by 2024,” Woods said.

    “We also do not see selling off state houses as a way to increase the supply of affordable homes, as National does,” she said.

    From the same article:

    [Labour] has an impressive record when it comes to state house building. The latests statistics show it has built 3558 state homes and a further 603 homes through community housing providers since June 2018.

    Impressive alright. National’s record, on the other hand, is… not.

    Psycho Milt

    October 31, 2020 at 2:44 pm

  3. Milt … disassembling (lying) again. Reference you ascertain the selling of state house was the main block of National’s housing policy. As fot Labour’s record on housing …. kiwibuild, kiwibuild, kiwibuild.

    The Veteran

    October 31, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    • I said “state housing.” And if you look at the housing policy page on National’s web site, selling state houses is the only state house policy mentioned there. (Well, unless we count the expression of intent to continue outsourcing social housing to charities, but as far as I’m concerned that’s not a state housing policy, it’s the rejection of having a policy).

      Psycho Milt

      October 31, 2020 at 5:49 pm

  4. `Memo to Woods … never good to dump on your Boss.’

    Vet she probably is not worried. She is already ranked below Twyford and with the overall poor quality in the Labour Caucus would not expect to go lower.


    October 31, 2020 at 6:11 pm

  5. Milt … selling state housing to tenants then reinvesting the proceeds into more housing is not only good policy … it’s smart policy. Started by National, continued (albeit at a slower pace under Labour) with National proposing to turbo charge it. It’s just another tool in the tool box designed to facilitate home ownership. What have your mob got against home ownership? Rhetorical question to someone wedded to the concept of communal ownership/state dependency for life. It’s in your/their DNA.

    The Veteran

    November 1, 2020 at 7:49 am

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