3 Nov 2014

Council mulls state housing purchase

1:04 pm on 3 November 2014

Wellington City Council is exploring the possibility of buying state houses that may be sold by the Government.

Prime Minister John Key has signalled the Government wants to sell up to 20,000 state houses, as part of its housing reform programme.

Councillor Paul Eagle said the council was keen to form an alliance with other agencies to possibly buy the stock sold in the capital although the plan was still in early stages.

He said a council committee he chairs has asked staff to come back with ideas to present to Government, and a discussion paper will be released later this month.

"We're committed to keeping housing for those most in need in public ownership and that may be something that differs to this government," said Mr Eagle.

"Wellingtonians have clearly said to us we believe that's the role of this council."

The council's plan could include a mix of apartments, rent-to-buy and rental houses, he said.

Wellington City

Wellington City Council is considering an alliance with other agencies to buy state housing stock. Photo: PHOTO NZ

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