Western Leader : November 23rd 2010
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G y ch th t g th th b st ty t c t st A c . c s st b 2011. ch - s1t 6 C g - s7t 13 C m s t s s s t c th g m t th t y ch th ty c t . 6 Waipareira Avenue, Henderson PHONE 838 7 7 EMAIL email@example.com WEBSITE www.acgedu.com Groups welcome housing wait-list plans By NICOLA MURPHY ' What we do know is that demand for state housing in Auckland is increasing, and those most in need of shelter are not getting access to a state home when or where they need it. ' Housing New Zealand spokeswoman Marie Winfield Plans to cut the housing wait-list by increasing properties and giving more responsibility to third-party providers have been welcomed by west Auckland housing agencies. Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive David Zussman says it s hard to say what impact the changes will have but he is cautiously optimistic . There are nearly 1300 people on the waiting lists for state housing in west Auckland. The lists have not shrunk despite investments in housing. The government has appointed the Housing Shareholders Advisory Group to investigate why the current system was failing to house those most in need. The group made 19 recommendations includ- ing shifting Housing New Zealand s focus solely to high-need famil- ies and developing the role of third-party hous- ing providers like Monte Cecilia Housing Trust and VisionWest Com- munity Trust. Mr Zuss- man says the changes could make a difference. But we d like to see the government give a complete response rather than cherry-picking a few of the recommenda- tions, he says. It raises as many questions as answers. I wouldn t go as far as to say it would reduce hous- ing waiting lists, he says. VisionWest Communi- ty Trust chief executive Lisa Woolley welcomes the proposed changes. In principle we agree with most of the recom- mendations in the report. We re hopeful they will mean an increase in housing stock and more housing options for people to choose from, Ms Woolley says. She says it has the potential to reduce the housing waiting lists but this will take a few years. Housing Minister Phil Heatley says the govern- ment is working hard to build more houses. But there is a limit to what the taxpayer can afford, Mr Heatley says. He says the focus needs to shift from the concept of a state house for life to the concept of a state house for the dur- ation of a need. But Mr Zussman is concerned families will be forced into the private sector which they may not be able to afford. He says while it s that the government is con- sidering expanding its responsibility, he d like to see this done in con- junction with increasing the housing stock. We d like to see it developed as well rather than instead of, he says. We re very cautions about these things being done in isolation. Housing NZ spokes- woman Marie Winfield says: What we do know is that demand for state housing in Auckland is increasing, and those most in need of shelter are not getting access to a state home when or where they need it. Our priority is to ensure state homes are occupied by people in the highest need for their duration of need. Grand prize thrills Filipino dancers By NICOLA MURPHY In sync: Ina Esclamado leads Filipino cultural group Katilingbang Bisaya sa New Zealand in a dance performance at the Auckland International Festival. Members of a Filipino cultural group have reason to be proud after its dance troupe won the grand prize at the first Auckland International Carnival this month. Dancers from Katiling- bang Bisaya sa New Zea- land, a Filipino cultural organisation which works with new migrants, had just two months to put a perform- ance together. The group is made up of mostly west Auck- landers. They chose the sinulog, a traditional dance performed in honour of Jesus. The group won a prize of $5000 which will go towards costumes for future performances and helping Filipino immi- grants settle into New Zealand. Publicity officer Alvin Soniega says they were really ecstatic at the win. The Henderson resi- dent says their seven- minute piece was combined the sinulog with an electronic beat. The competition fea- tured dances from around the world includ- ing China, Thailand, India and Brazil. The Auckland Inter- national Carnival was held at the Ellerslie Event Centre. It was a fundraiser for the Giving Back Foun- dation which aims to inspire wellbeing by giv- ing back to communities. Go online to the www.western leader.co.nz to see the KBNZ dance group perform.
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