Labour's housing spokesperson Moana MackeyFriday 18 November 2011, 1:22PM
Media release from Labour's housing spokesperson Moana
A Labour government would reverse the changes made by National
which have made it harder for victims of domestic violence to
access and maintain state housing tenancies, says Labour's housing
spokesperson Moana Mackey.
"National's changes to the criteria for social allocation of
housing were done very quietly but have had an enormous impact,"
Moana Mackey said.
"The changes have made it much harder for applicants to qualify for
a state house, even if they are homeless and living in emergency
accommodation. Housing New Zealand now considers these people to be
"And the changes have made it much harder for victims of family
violence to access state housing. Escaping a violent situation is
no longer as important a consideration as it used to be in the
allocation of social housing.
"Where domestic violence victims do manage to access state housing,
the inflexible, punitive, one size fits all approach of Housing New
Zealand means that if anything goes wrong, tenants are not shown
"When you are dealing with an issue as complex as family violence
things aren't always going to run smoothly and in the process rules
may inadvertently be breached.
"Is it fair for a woman to be evicted because her violent
ex-partner turns up and starts threatening not only her but also
"Is it fair that the children in that situation end up homeless or
forced to move back to a violent household because the National
government does not allow Housing New Zealand to apply simple
common sense when deciding the fate of these families?
"Housing New Zealand should be allowed once again to deal with each
situation on a case by case basis. Under a Labour government that
is exactly what will happen," Moana Mackey said.