11 Nov 2009

Mayors to talk more on leaky homes proposal

6:48 am on 11 November 2009

Mayors from six cities with the most leaky homes have decided that a Government proposal to take the cases out of the courts, needs more discussion.

Under the proposal, home owners who drop legal action against their council could settle for a contribution towards the cost of repairs, but would still pay about two-thirds themselves.

North Shore mayor Andrew Williams was part of Tuesday's teleconference.

Mr Williams says the leaky homes problem is a national disaster and the Government has to play a bigger role than paying 10% of the bill.

He says the Government proposal would see it contribute $31 million a year over 25 years, but he doesn't think that is enough.

He says the mayors have agreed to try to set up an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister and the Minister to discuss the offer further.

Mr Williams says it's positive the Government is at least discussing the problem.

Auckland City mayor John Banks says although the present proposal is a good start, there's room for further movement.