Auckland’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Press Release – Monte Cecilia Housing Trust

A critical election meeting on Auckland’s housing crisis will take place on Thursday 3rd November at 7pm. It is being held at Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn Street.1 November 2011

Auckland’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Election meeting to hear the housing policies of the main political parties
Thursday 3rd November 2011, 7pm – 8.30pm

A critical election meeting on Auckland’s housing crisis will take place on Thursday 3rd November at 7pm. It is being held at Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn Street.

Candidates or spokespeople from National, Labour, Green, Maori, ACT, Mana, and NZ First Parties have been invited to give their policies on addressing the lack of affordable, quality housing in the Auckland region, and their overall direction in housing policy.

Shortage of supply, the growing crisis of overcrowding, the impact of HNZC reforms on most vulnerable families / individuals, high proportion of Maori & Pacific Island Homeless, poor quality and security of the private rental sector are just some of the many pressing concerns.

The meeting has been organised by community organisations involved with Housing Call to Action, a broadbased network of housing and social service organisations and agencies working in West Auckland and more recently in South Auckland.

Speakers are:

Carmel Sepuloni, MP – Labour’s associate spokesperson on social development and candidate for Waitakere
Paul Hutchinson MP – National, MP for Hunua and Chair, Health Select Committee.
Alan Johnson, Green Party spokesperson on housing
Sue Bradford, Mana Party candidate for Waitakere
Kath McCabe, ACT Party candiate for Tauranga
Andrew Williams, NZ First candidate for North Shore
Maori Party – Kaapua Smith, List candidate

The meeting will be chaired by Professor Jenny Dixon, Dean of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, Auckland University.

ENDS

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