A sensible move

September 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Simon Collins at NZ Herald reports:

chief executive Dr Lesley McTurk has told the corporation’s 1100 staff that staff numbers will be cut by about 100 as the agency’s focus narrows down to managing its 70,000 state houses.

“We will no longer have a role to assist individuals with their wider social needs. We will concentrate on their accommodation needs,” she said.

Most tenancy managers will become “fully mobile” by next September, reporting from their cars to five home bases in central and South Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.

Housing NZ should indeed focus on being a great landlord, not an agency of social workers.

Labour housing spokeswoman Moana Mackey said a Labour Government would reverse the changes and turn Housing NZ back into “a social housing provider rather than just another landlord”.

Of course.

But a consultation document issued to staff a week ago says the agency would “stop delivering social services that should be delivered by other organisations”.

“Tenancy managers and case managers frequently find themselves following up with many other agencies such as Child, Youth and Family [CYFS] on child safety concerns; district health boards on health; budget services; school truancy issues and so on,” the document says.

“The Ministry of Social Development [] will act as a conduit for all other agencies that need to provide social support to the corporation’s tenants.”

Dr McTurk said all existing Housing NZ branches would be absorbed gradually into MSD’s “Community Link” centres, which already bring together Work and Income, CYFS and sometimes other agencies in 50 locations. A further 30 are planned in the next year.

And that is probably one of the best things you can do to help families in need. A “one stop shop” centre which brings all the social need agencies together should be vastly superior to having each agency doing its own thing.

Let Housing NZ be a great landlord, and MSD be a great  social service provider.

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8 Responses to “A sensible move”

  1. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    Housing NZ a great Landlord? Yeah Right. When the state hosue tenants next door were pulling the copper spouting off their house and we rang Housing NZ, they said “oh we will schedule a visit in five weeks to see what the problem is”. What the Fuck! They were ripping it off the roof while the call was in progress. Housing NZ leapt into action and a couple of months later installed new gutters for the poor tenants whose water was cascading off the roof. Useless pricks.

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  2. Mighty_Kites (85 comments) says:

    In an ideal world that would be the case, but sadly we live in the real world where MSD is incapable of providing great social services when it is being gutted by your mates. But not to worry! We all know how great the private sector is at providing that sort of thing

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,278 comments) says:

    Roll on a government that shows the remaining 1000 the door when it sells the 70,000 houses it shouldn’t own.

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  4. Rick Rowling (816 comments) says:

    Some sentence including the words vulnerable members of society. Therefore your evil right-wing argument is invalid.

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  5. Lee C (2,720 comments) says:

    How ironic that 100 breadwinners families will now be more likely to need HNZ stock as a result of this sensible move.

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  6. Mike Readman (353 comments) says:

    Too bad she wasn’t still CEO of the Chch City Council. Maybe then we could stop the ever expanding beaureaucracy down here.

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  7. Viking2 (11,672 comments) says:

    Easy to see who never owned rental houses.
    In Tga HNZ has about 760 housing units. Last i checked they had two tenancy managers.
    Most tenancy managers hold the keys to th homes they manage. Do 2-3 monthly inspections inside and out. In HNZ case they don’t hold keys, mostly do not inspect inside houses because of issues with tenants like the MM etc.
    How can any person be expected to be a tenancy manager under those conditions and now they are going to work out of their cars.
    This fantasy land bullshit from someone who should be fired.

    As pasrt two that is not mentioned, Tenancy Serices is no longer that. It has gone from an improving organization backwards about 30- years. Bond processes are not being actioned promptly, mediation is taking forever and to get to a tenancy Tribunal is taking weeks and weeks.
    National are just fuckwits on two legs.
    Basically haven’t a fucking clue about anything.

    If you doubt me go read some of the property blogs or try the system your self.
    Idiots now in charge of the asylum.

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  8. dave (821 comments) says:

    Let Housing NZ be a great landlord, and MSD be a great social service provider.
    Not able to comment on Housing NZ, but how can MSD be a great social service provider if it does not provide the services it should to all who need them?

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