31 Mar 2011

Turei sees new housing policy as cost-cutting

5:46 pm on 31 March 2011

Green co-leader Metiria Turei says the Government wants to avoid building more state houses by giving iwi and community groups the responsibility but not necessarily the money or resources to do it.

Ms Turei says Housing Minister Phil Heatley's "third sector" policy of getting community organisations to provide homes for the needy is just cost-cutting.

She told Waatea News that while some tribes may want to provide housing, they don't have the resources to make up for more than a century of government neglect.

Ms Turei says New Zealand needs an additional 70,000 houses, and the Government must take responsibility for delivering a significant proportion of that stock.