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Tainui iwi wants to spend millions buying state houses – I say no sales except to tenants

Bill English:

 

Spokesman Tukoroirangi Morgan spoke directly to Prime Minister John key and called for him to `do the right thing' and give back the land. Photo / Dean Taylor
“Spokesman Tukoroirangi Morgan spoke directly to Prime Minister John key and called for him to `do the right thing’ and give back the land. Photo / Dean Taylor

Tainui says it wants to spend “tens of millions of dollars” on buying up state houses as Finance Minister Bill English signals an open market for the country’s 68,000 Housing New Zealand properties.

“We can sell to anybody,” Mr English said in an interview with Herald staff yesterday.

Buyers would not have to be non-profit entities, and he said he had already had talks with consortiums involving major iwi and banks.

Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan said his tribe had first right of refusal over state asset sales in its area fromSouth Auckland to Waikato and wanted to use the right to buy state houses for its people.”

I totally oppose the sale of state houses except to tenants. Perhaps social housing providers could lease state houses under certain circumstances.

The National government does not have a mandate to sell any state houses. A number of 22,000 and a figure of five billion dollars has been mentioned by the government. Buyers beware!  A future Labour Government will be committed to re-nationalising state houses in its first term. You have been warned!

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11343779

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