7 Mar 2017

Government departments at odds over social housing numbers

From Morning Report, 7:47 am on 7 March 2017

The Government is at odds with itself over how many so-called social houses there are in New Zealand.

State houses in Northcote

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

There are major discrepancies between two government departments about the total number of social houses, and even very different views on what constitutes a social house.

In its annual report, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment said there were 60,995 social housing places in 2016.

But the Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says there are 66,000 social houses in the country.

Our Political reporter Benedict Collins looks into the disparity