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Real housing scandal

Letter

Last election our Labour candidate promised a prefabricated housing plant in Gisborne that would help build 100,000 new homes through KiwiBuild (Gisborne Herald, February 18, 2017).

In September 2017 there were 4054 families on the Priority A waiting list for Housing NZ across the country. These are families who have been assessed as in urgent need of a house.

Labour said 4054 was a scandal. They said they wanted to abolish homelessness.

In June 2020 there are now 16,651 families on the Priority A waiting list. As Labour has heaped costs on landlords, rents have skyrocketed and the end result is a 400 percent increase in those deemed in urgent need of housing.

And housing has got even more expensive for young families in Tairawhiti since the promise of the prefabricated housing factory was made. More broken promises from Labour.

S. Anderson

Whakatane