Paula Bennett is right…. state house tenants should be compensated for state sanctioned abuse

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In a week when the government has announced hundreds of millions to compensate farmers, many of whom are exceptionally wealthy, for something which appears to be no fault of the government, Housing Minister Phil Twyford is refusing to compensate state house tenants for what amounted to state-sanctioned abuse of vulnerable families by Housing New Zealand.

Paula Bennett is right to say the government should compensate Housing New Zealand tenants who were evicted from their state homes unnecessarily because of bogus meth contamination standards.

It’s an act of extreme hypocrisy for Bennett who should be issuing her own grovelling apology to these tenants. It was Paula Bennett, as National’s Housing Minister, who amped up the risk of meth contamination as a way to demonise to stigmatise state house tenants as she did her best to privatise thousands of state houses.

But she is right on this one.

In a week when the government has announced hundreds of millions to compensate farmers, many of whom are exceptionally wealthy, for something which appears to be no fault of the government, Housing Minister Phil Twyford is refusing to compensate state house tenants for what amounted to state-sanctioned abuse of vulnerable families by Housing New Zealand.

It’s a double standard.

Twyford and Labour are standing rock solid behind wealthy farmers to whom it owes nothing, while refusing compensation to low income families which the government’s policies have seriously and unnecessarily harmed.

As well as being tossed out on the street, we now know that many of these hundreds of state tenants got rid of clothes, mattresses and bedding etc because, based on advice from the government, they thought their possessions were a danger to themselves and their children.

These people deserve unstinting compensation.

Come on Phil Twyford – give these state house tenants the same hearing you have given to wealthy farmers.

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19 Comments

  1. cleangreen says:

    John;

    Yes it should come out of the National Party slush funds pool thanks John as under their last government they caused this hardship not labour.

    John says;
    “Paula Bennett is right to say the government should compensate Housing New Zealand tenants who were evicted from their state homes unnecessarily because of bogus meth contamination standards”

  2. The Chairman says:

    Dead right, John.

  3. Mike the Lefty says:

    Yes, she is right on that aspect.
    But she neglected one thing:
    SHE and her corrupt National Party should be the ones paying for it, not nZ taxpayers.
    It was a decision based on National Party ideological hatred of state housing and state tenants so the culprits should pay up.
    National has plenty of money: a couple of months ago they were boasting about how much money they had received from big business donations.
    Time to pay the piper Paula.

  4. WILD KATIPO says:

    … ‘ As well as being tossed out on the street, we now know that many of these hundreds of state tenants got rid of clothes, mattresses and bedding etc because, based on advice from the government, they thought their possessions were a danger to themselves and their children ‘ …

    Actually , yes.

    If that is the case, then they should deserve and get compensation.

    It is a collective shared responsibility between both Labour and National.

    National , for precipitating the conditions , Labour ( who SHOULD be doing ) something to rectify the situation. And this is indicative of the mentality of NZ politicians , – ” Its not our problem , – we didn’t do it” thereby resolving themselves of any action taken being the general attitude.

    No , but we DID vote you in as our elected officials and stewards of our country’s peoples well being on OUR behalf.

    Time to get cracking , Labour.

  5. countryboy says:

    Dead wrong John.
    Sure, compensate state house tennants for wrongful/amoral evictions.
    What ever.
    But why take a toothy sneer at farmers? It was their money that built state houses in the first place? It was farmer money, earned from exporting agrarian goods that built our entire social welfare system. Our entire economy, in fact.
    That’s why National go around all but giving farmers blow jobs (only) just before general elections.
    I can’t believe you swung the club at farming.
    What about the ‘exceptionally wealthy’ yet worthless banker service industry representatives? What about ‘ exceptionally wealthy’ real estate moguls? Or ‘exceptionally wealthy’ lawyers and their client base in urban offices who do NOTHING! for our social infrastructure and both use ‘ exceptionally wealthy’ accountants to tell them how to fuck our parasitised tax system on the deal?
    And lets go back to the ‘farmer’ swipe. Firstly, let me remind you that cowsploitation on the scale that it is, is a relatively contemporary phenomenon. Secondly, any help from the government to the cowsploiter-farmer will go directly back to fonterra and our tax system, one way or another, and some, of course, to their $8.3 million dollar per annum CEO and as milk powder goes out of our country, money flows back. You really want a disease to stop that flow? Are you sure? Yes, or no?
    And now I’m off to find out what the $-return is to a cowsploiter/ farmer in relation to the capital value of the land and plant required to carry, and process, animal stock.
    I had an enormous amount of respect for you @ John Minto. Too much, clearly. Seriously, you need to get out into the country more. Have a chat to those many, many, ‘exceptionally wealthy’ farmers you confidently speak of.
    I’m living dead square in the middle of ‘ exceptionally wealthy’ farming country and all the ‘exceptionally wealthy’ farmers here look a bit fucked to me. Exhausted, anxious, and entirely ignored by successive liar governments but for their money and hated and loathed by brain washed, bludger city people, including the meth huffers shitting in their own nests. And while on that subject. Go outside, for fucks sake. ( FYI Huffers. ‘Outside’ is ‘out’ the door, or window, your choice. And it’s the big place where there’s no ceiling, usually? It has birds and clouds an’ shit? And a sun? Large, hot, bright? And a ‘Moon’? You can see that’ outside’ at night an’ that usually? I know! Amazing right? And if you look reeeeeaaaal close? You’ll see little mice eating that moon cheese. )
    For fucks sake!

    • Marc says:

      John is a big city dweller, moved from Auckland to Christchurch, so he will most likely never have had his hands at the teats of a cow’s udder, milking or the likes.

      Indeed, many farmers are simply hard working, rising early and going to bed late, and keeping things tick over. Only some are truly rich pricks. Corporate farmers may be the worst, not the ordinary family farmer.

    • Gary says:

      well of course, its the same Bradbury Makscasy mentality, hate with all your might anyone who has worked hard, created employment, created any sort of wealth, you know, helped keep this country running.

      Just sit at your keyboard all day and poke shit at the backbone of this country

  6. Mjolnir says:

    Bennett left out one vital thing. As well as a government apology and compensation, she should resign fromParliament immediatly. She is not fit to be a MP.

  7. Lachlan says:

    Class action suits against the companies and directors that spruiked and operated the bogus meth contamination businesses. Who should take such action? Ripped off tennants, landlords, Housing Corp and Consumers Insititute.

    Some of the affected tennants could publicise this via Fair Go.

  8. Marc says:

    Twyford is showing his true face, he is a BS artist, he delivers BS re KiwiBuild, ‘affordable’ at 500 to 600 k homes being just studio apartments or two bedroom flats, here he is a BS artist who refuses to do what is absolutely justified and needed.

    You cannot run around when in opposition demanding National do this or that, or are guilty of this and the other, while when in government, and then, once in government, show the same contempt to people as the Nats did.

    Shame on you, Phil Twyford!

  9. Marc says:

    So will this then unnecessary piece of legislation be reversed then???

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2017/0258/latest/whole.html

  10. Gary says:

    Yeh good one Minto, reward P users for not smoking enough of that shit in the state house. You bloody tosser!

    • Observer Tokoroa says:

      Hi Mr Minto

      Do you have deep feelings for little Paula Bennett?

      You shouldn’t be ashamed of your feelings John. She has never done any wrong. Never.

      Will you write to her explaining your thought for her. Because you sue have not explained them to decent Citizens.

      Thanks Johnny.

    • bert says:

      Gary, you cock, it’s called sarcasm!

  11. Lucy says:

    How can people turn on Phil Twyford for this?? As for the farmers compensation, under MPI regulations, – affected farmers are eligible for compensation if MPI’s exercise of legal powers has caused a verifiable loss as a result of damage to, or destruction of, the person’s property, or as a result of restrictions imposed on the movement or disposal of the person’s goods.

  12. Andrea says:

    It sounds sweet yet…

    Who will actually get the compo money? Really?

    Any clawback from WINZ? For accommodation. For clothing and household goods replacement. For any transport assistance and school fees and moving costs.

    And, most important (to me anyway), do they get their housing back at the rent they paid before? Do they avoid the waiting lists?

    How about a jubilee on this one: “Such “clean slate” decrees were intended to redress the tendency of debtors, in ancient societies, to become hopelessly in debt to their creditors, thus accumulating most of the arable land into the control of a wealthy few.” ?

    Otherwise it’s nothing more than making poorer folk a simple conduit- and-funnel to put money back in the accounts of those who have most of the properties on the game board already.

  13. Lone Comet says:

    Yes, well what is going on is obvious and as usual the poor suffer. Farmers still run the country and they still vote national, and apparently they are still a force to be scared of. Their industry is worse than oil for the environment. Be brave government, you may only have three years in power so make a statement. a real statement.

    It is easy for that horrid smug person PB to say where the dollars should go now. But will there be a criminal investigation into this modern day snake oil industry of ‘meth decontamination’. Where did it begin? Who runs this bogus industry that has cost untold people thousands of dollars – to do what? Repaint the windowsills? How many lives have been hurt by it and how much has it cost landlords and wrongly accused? Seems incredibly hard to believe in this day and age that such a load of hogwash was allowed to become reality. This is a crime. Find the criminal.