EXCLUSIVE: Holding Housing New Zealand as accountable as we can

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Housing Minister Phil Twyford is right to lay the blame squarely with the former National government and in particular with its Housing Minister Paula Bennett. Her attempts to distance herself from this debacle are in tatters after this Mediawatch report in the weekend.

Bennett is revealed as the loathsome liar she is.

Daily Blog readers may be able to help hold Housing New Zealand to account for the appalling self-righteous bullying by National government ministers and Housing New Zealand over the meth contamination fiasco.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford is right to lay the blame squarely with the former National government and in particular with its Housing Minister Paula Bennett. Her attempts to distance herself from this debacle are in tatters after this Mediawatch report in the weekend.

Bennett is revealed as the loathsome liar she is.

Please help to spread this message through your networks of family and friends and through social media.

Have you been evicted from a Housing New Zealand home and/or asked to pay for testing or decontamination because meth amphetamine was detected at the property?

State Housing Action Network is keen to hear from you. We want to make sure everyone receives decent compensation and we will be able to provide legal advice in your compensation dealings with Housing New Zealand.

Please send the following details to SHAN Convenor John Minto at johnminto@orcon.net.nz

  • Your name, email and cell phone contact details
  • What rent were you paying to HNZ?
  • How many people lived at your house?
  • How long had you lived there?
  • What date were you evicted?
  • What were the circumstances of your eviction?
  • How much have you paid/been asked to pay for testing and/or decontamination at the property?
  • What happened to your possessions?
  • What are you paying now in rent?
  • Any other details you think are relevant

In the meantime we recommend you do not sign anything or accept an offer from HNZ until you have had legal advice from your own lawyer or through ourselves.

Please pass this message on to anyone you know who has been affected by this issue.

 

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34 Comments

  1. countryboy says:

    It’s lucky for bennett that she’s not an NZ / AO farmer as well.

  2. Marc says:

    I tried three times posting a comment with a link to info, nothing loads, what is wrong with this Blog?

  3. Marc says:

    Very good work, John, hold those rascals at Housing NZ to account, they try passing the buck to Standards NZ, to the Ministry of Health and so forth, but they knew what they were doing!

    They were willing to serve the nasty National government, with that nasty liar Bennett (who also lied about ‘evidence’ justifying the nasty welfare reforms in 2010 to 2013) and other ministers in charge, doing the mean work at the coal face.

    The Chief Executive should resign, his ‘apologies’ were nothing more than crocodile tears, if that.

  4. Neil Watts says:

    Interestingly, this Mediawatch report was unable to reference New Zealand’s largest newspaper because the NZ Herald went out of its way to avoid reporting the facts on this story in an obtuse Orwellian denial of recent history.

    #nzheraldwherebalancedjournalismgoestodie
    #politicaljournalistoftheyear? Or #NationalPartysisteroftheyear? #TheDailyReckon #WheresPaula?

  5. Tamati Tautuhi says:

    Probably couldn’t lie straight in bed ?

  6. Maama says:

    The Taxpayers have been duped big time by Housing NZ & those in charge of this government department.

    We need to know who was responsible for implementing this scam, and that those responsible cease to be employed by HNZ immediately.

    Tenants who were evicted and bullied must be compensated for their losses, their inconvenience and most of all the psychological suffering they have endured during this government bungle.

    We have heard Judith Collins advising us that her hands were clean on this matter – we need to hear from the rest of the ministers in control of state housing in NZ during the term of this scam.

    Paula Bennet, Nick Smith, John Key we are waiting to hear your excuses – NOW.

    WE NEED TO KNOW – THE BUCK STOPS WHERE?????

    • Tamati Tautuhi says:

      What about a Royal Commission of Enquiry, why didn’t Professor Gluckman pick this up earlier ?

      • Sam Sam says:

        Well. All successful real estate developers know when there’s a cool down in the market renters and buyers have opportunity for a deal.

      • Patsy Wakefield says:

        I believe he tried to tell National but they weren’t listening.

    • Michelle says:

      mamma judeaths hands have never been clean and never will be

  7. Penny Bright says:

    IMO it is former Minister of Building and Housing Nick Smith who initiated the P (use contamination) SCAM, and he is NOT being held accountable.
    Why is Nick Smith not being GRILLED by mainstream media?

  8. Monique Vincent says:

    So who is the owner of the meth testing company that did all these meth test’s then?
    It wouldn’t be Mike Sabine the former National MP would it?

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      Military adage …

      ‘Spread out when attacking , concentrate your numbers when in defense’…

      Meaning ,… diversify when operating a franchise to avoid being pinioned , and contract / submerge those paper trails / electronic footprints in trusts and false business fronts when an inquiry is about to begin…

      Sun Tzu principles.

  9. Winston says:

    The bottom line in that using Meth is illegal.
    No-one should be using it in State owned houses or any other house.
    If people weren’t breaking the law by using meth, they would not of had any problemsl that came from it ie being evicted.
    They should be glad that they weren’t charged with drug use.
    They have a real audicity for wanting compensation, they were after all involved in a criminal act.

    • Maama says:

      Hey Winston, do you know if Meth was ever used any any home that you have lived in? Only if you are the owner of a new home can you be certain.

      The Meth Clean Up was a National Government plan to get tenants out of homes en masse – they wanted the land for other purposes.

      This scam was just another tactic of the former dishonest government.

      • Al Tilapu says:

        It’s an illegal act for starters but people need to get their facts right more importantly before they start doing the blaming game on HNZ or any other landlord for that matter. I have years of experience in the property management field and can honestly say most the termination of tenancies because of meth contamination would’ve also had other associated issues such as ongoing anti-social behaviour causing neighbors disturbance. I saw an ex tnt on the news last week talking about the unfair termination of her tenancies under HNZ. I’m so appalled and disgusted at the lies some these people go on national TV to tell when she’d caused meth contamination to 2 state house properties, the neighbours constantly complained about the partying, excessive noise, threatening behaviour towards neighbors that speak up, causing other damages to state houses and other ongoing disturbances. And it happened throughout the entire period of her tenancy. What’s more concerning for me is that there’s young children living in these homes or bound to move into these homes. Im not an expert but as a concern parent I would not have my child living in these homes whatever the levels are. I see every day the damages these drugs have done to people and their families health and sadly, the affect on the children so I wouldn’t want it in a home I have to visit period or housing the next family in. Find out the facts before pointing your finger. I couldn’t care less about the previous party, what they’ve done or didn’t do, but look at the bigger picture. It also seems like people are forgetting about our ever so growing drug problem in NZ. So we’re pretty much allowing these people to take illegal drugs in the homes tax payers pay for, having it in our communities, which our babies are easily accessing and we’re saying to reimburse the very people contributing to this problem and putting people’s lives at risk. OMG what has the world come to? I pray for this ridiculous mind set to end, and most importantly I pray that more terminations are carried out to send a message to these people it’s not ok and we don’t want these behaviours in the homes I and millions of other tax payers fund and in our communities.

        • I have years of experience in the property management field and can honestly say most the termination of tenancies because of meth contamination would’ve also had other associated issues such as ongoing anti-social behaviour causing neighbors disturbance.

          Unfortunately, Mr Tilapu, your “years of experience in the property management field” doesn’t quite equate to “years of experience in the legal field”. Otherwise you’d be aware of the fairly well-known principle of innocent until proven guilty.

          Your willingness to convict someone on little more than a loud party (or parties) is a low bar to set justice on (90% of the population would be behind bars on that point).

          If you purchased a house and it was later meth-tested and found to contain minute traces of meth, I’m assuming you’d have no argument being marched of to jail for seven years on the basis of grossly circumstantial “evidence”? After all…

          Your comments are indicative of a mentality that finds guilt on the flimsiest basis, and is willing to judge others on standards you wouldn’t tolerate for yourself or your own family. But I guess poor people aren’t as deserving as you, eh?

          • Janny says:

            Previous occupants had smoked in my flat. I got sick but put that down to exacerbation of my chronic condition and disability. The flat wasn’t decontaminated before I moved in, after the ablebodied squatters were removed. I was unaware until neighbours told me. I guess I’d be blamed for p residue under Mr Talas values.

        • Chris says:

          This is especially for you, Al Tilapu:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efK01bgoa1s

    • Richard Christie says:

      .
      They should be glad that they weren’t charged with drug use.

      What utter nonsense. If there was evidence of drug use that could have stood up in court and so justify criminal charges against individuals, then charges would have been laid.

      Or do you think evidence-free charges should be pursued through the courts? Or just charge at random any member of the household or visitor?

      • Janny says:

        Why should innocent tenants be charged for residue leff by the activities of previous meth user occupants?

    • Christine says:

      Sentences 3,4, and 5 may have zero veracity Winston.

      How about citing evidence before judging and condemning people ?

      How about using correct grammar too ?

      • Sam Sam says:

        Look you three. What does the pre election silliness and lies tell you about National when NZFirst can do a deal with Labour and cabinet then deal with meth testing but not National because they refuse to. Let that sink in.

    • If people weren’t breaking the law by using meth, they would not of had any problemsl that came from it ie being evicted.
      They should be glad that they weren’t charged with drug use.

      […]

      They have a real audicity for wanting compensation, they were after all involved in a criminal act.

      And that’s the point, “Winston”. They weren’t charged with any crime. You have no proof they used meth. None at all.

      So that kind of shoots down your rush-to-judgement opinion in a blaze of less-than-glory.

      If you have a faintly sensible sentence (!) to share with us, feel free.

      • Al Tilapu says:

        Frank Macskasy 14 years of witnessing many drugs being used, sold and grown in the homes we manage. See pipes, knives, bongs, light bulbs etc lying around the stove and around the house and equipment used to manufacture drugs. Reported to the police numerous times or Police notify us but often, we still see these people using and selling in our homes, communities and right under our noses. You’re right I’m no legal expert but I speak from what me and my colleagues have witnessed on many occasions and have to deal with every day. The community we serve just want their families and children to be safe and have some peace of mind. Speaking from experience, these very people have no respect and couldn’t care less about anyone, not even their own children living in these contaminated homes and being exposed to the drugs and other intimidating and abusive behavior. Trust me, the parties are the least of our worries. I’m not here to judge anybody and yes innocent until proven guilty. But try telling the families and community that have been putting up with it for months, years, and they will tell you where to stick your legal expertise opinions. Please don’t throw that legal bullshit here because you have no idea what our families have been through. Fyi I was raised in a state home and didn’t have much. But very grateful for the help given. It was a very humbling experience and we appreciated everything given to help us in our time of need and never took anything for granted. It doesn’t matter what situation you’re in or have been in, there’s no excuse for any of this behavior and to disrespect those trying to help you, the roof over your head and your neighbors. Obviously we’re never going to see eye to eye on this matter and I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about your legal opinions so I’m going to leave it at that. I’m not asking for anyone’s approval or to side with me. I’m just purely speaking from 23 years of social service and tenancy management experience.

        • Christine says:

          I accept what you say Al, and be assured that all reasonable
          people want communities and families to be safe.

          One good outcome of the change of govt is Twyford requiring that Housing NZ tenants with drug addictions to be given help in addressing those addictions.

          It may be a huge challenge, but it is a step in the right direction and less barbarous than throwing them out in the street.

    • Janny says:

      I moved into a modified wheelchair accessible unit that had been used by squatters. I got sicker but put it down to aggravation of my illness, never imagining the flat had been some sort of young crims party place until neighbours told me. HNZC didn’t. Now Im chemically sensitive, allergic to many meds and cannot even tolerate ordinary household cleaning products. Under the blaming game, I’d be punished for meth residue consumed before I moved in and which I’d had no part in.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      Are you quite stupid and behind the times by about 150 years???

      Get a load of this video , mate … and stop with the sanctimony you urbane cuck.

      Wild West: Vices (Documentary) – YouTube
      Video for vices of the old west youtube▶ 44:29
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmeKeMU3br8

    • Marc says:

      Trouble is some that were accused never used the drug themselves, never even knew that anybody may have once been on the premises and consumed a drug there.

  10. Nic181 says:

    It seems pretty clear that our last government deliberately engineered a moral panic around P. It suited their “tough on crime” farce and suited their drive to enrich their supporters. The latter bought ex state houses at bargain prices, often in desirable parts of town. Loathsome is the right description!

  11. Lenny says:

    No surprises there! Probably was Paula Bennett’s way of moving people out of these state houses so the National party could sell the land to offshore buyers or to executive development companies cause some of those state houses were situated in some of Aucklands prime real estate areas. Wouldn’t mind betting some of these National party members or ex party members have some ties or investments in this scam! If they have i hope they are brought forward for corruption by the justice department and dealt with severely!!, cause we dont need that corruption crap in our country!!!

  12. Lenny says:

    No surprises there! Probably was Paula Bennett’s way of moving people out of these state houses so the National party could sell the land to offshore buyers or to executive development companies cause some of those state houses were situated in some of Aucklands prime real estate areas. Wouldn’t mind betting some of these National party members or ex party members have some ties or investments in this scam! If they have i hope they are brought forward for corruption by the justice department and dealt with severely!!, cause we dont need that corruption crap in our country!!!