It’s not yours – give it back. You have stolen it from the poorest New Zealanders – those struggling below the poverty line in impossible circumstances.
$118 million taken in dividends from Housing New Zealand is money filched from families living lives of quite desperation in cold, damp, mouldy homes which you refuse to upgrade. You have throttled Housing New Zealand, forcing it to hand over hundreds of millions and refusing to allow it to service the homes and families who so desperately need it.
Last year two of your tenants died from conditions exacerbated by the shocking living conditions they were forced to endure in unmaintained state houses – their family’s appeals for better housing ignored. Why did 37-year-old Soesa Tovo and two-year-old Emma-Lita Bourne deserve death in a state house? Homes these families didn’t have a dog’s show of heating.
This happened on your watch as Minister of State Housing Bill English and you didn’t resign – in fact you did nothing. You were unmoved. You callous bastard.
Now you demand $118 million in dividends from HNZ – money taken from families paying to live in the hovels you refuse to upgrade. You have all the moral fibre of a slum landlord.
You are happy to encourage the public to think of Housing New Zealand tenants as bludgers – to encourage the rest of us to look down on them as the underserving poor.
But who was it Bill English who rorted the system to claim more than $900 per week in a living allowance in Wellington a few years back? A sum larger than the entire income of any family in a state house. So who is the real bludger on the public purse Bill English?
This week when you defended your demand for $118 million from the pockets of the poorest you said:
“If any tenant lets Housing New Zealand know about any what they call urgent maintenance needs, and they’ve got 125,000 of those notifications in the last year or two, then Housing New Zealand has the cash to act on those.”
Tell that to Housing New Zealand tenants who have to put up with appalling maintenance done on the cheap by HNZ contractors. Your comments are public relations pap – deliberate delusion.
Squeezing the life from Housing New Zealand and its tenants is a favourite pastime for callous Tory politicians like you Bill English.
State housing is desperately needed to support the victims of your government’s economic policies. So give up your plans to sell state houses Bill English and start to respect HNZ tenants and their homes.
And give the $118 million? Give it back Bill English.