Finding out that border security staff have been deceptive is one thing, but the fact that there might be up to 60 floating around seems a tad careless…
Up to 60 MIQ workers might be floating around their communities without being regularly tested, but Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the risk is “very low”.
After everything that everyone has sacrificed, Kiwis won’t accept ‘very low’ as a risk at all! That as many as 60 people might be a means for this to spread is such an enormous blunder you fear the Government are losing control of the situation.
There is also the vaccination issue here and the reliance on private companies to police these rules themselves seems woefully optimistic.
That wasn’t the only front the Government were fighting, stats released show the high rate of demolishing State Houses hasn’t kept up with building new ones…
The Government has sold or demolished nearly 2000 state houses since July 2018, Newshub can reveal.
And while Housing Minister Megan Woods continues to trumpet a bonanza state house build, the number of state houses managed by Kāinga Ora – Housing NZ – has actually fallen.
Newshub can reveal that since July 2018 there have been 3840 new Kāinga Ora state homes built. It has also purchased and leased some existing houses. But over that same period, Kāinga Ora ended a lease, sold or demolished 1900.
The number of Kāinga Ora houses – Government state houses – actually fell in the final three months of last year from 64,000 to 63,629 – 379 fewer state houses than in September.
Dr Woods says that reflects a lease of Porirua state houses to Ngati Toa to manage, which is part of a particular Treaty relationship.
The houses are still owned by Kāinga Ora, but managed by the iwi.
…it was almost an afterthought to explain the drop in total state homes is driven by new partnerships, but even with that taken as a given, such a flat growth overall pales into insignificance when you consider there are 22 000 waiting on a waiting list.
The border screw ups only become a political factor if the virus gets lose in NZ and if voters perceive it to be from incompetence and as long as Labour keeps the virus out, no one in middle New Zealand will care about the lack of State Houses.
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