Jacinda Ardern is urged by health experts to hurry up and keep another of her election promises, as she today celebrated reaching a milestone in building a state house.
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The problem arose when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited new state houses to celebrate the completion of 8,000. Source: 1 NEWS
Six new one-bedroom Kāinga Ora homes were built in Christchurch, and Housing Minister Megan Woods said the homes included the 8,000 milestone.
“The benefit of these new constructions is to make sure that we provide warm, dry homes to these tenants,” Ardern said.
But National does not toast the milestone, accusing the government of deceiving the public.
“There are more than three times that number of people waiting for a state house today – those numbers will be cold comfort to them,” said Nicola Willis, National Housing spokesperson.
“Less than half of the houses claimed by the government are newly built, the majority having been bought or rented on the private market, effectively depriving Peter of paying Paul. “
Woods denies this accusation.
“This is simply not true, if we are to resolve the housing crisis we have to elevate the debate above ridiculous bickering like this.
The government believes it is now on track to deliver 18,000 new public homes by 2024, but public health experts urge them to keep another election promise – set up a registry to track and treat rheumatoid arthritis acute.
“A registry will help improve patient care, it will help patients get their monthly injections, we will be able to follow patients in different districts,” said Dr Rawiri Jansen of the National Hauora Coalition.
Rheumatic fever is linked to overcrowding and poor housing and primarily affects Maori and Pacific children, leaving them with lifelong impacts.
Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall has said there will be an announcement on the registry, but she will not say when.
“I am not in a position to make an announcement on the registry, we will soon have more to say about our rheumatic fever program.
“In the next few months we will have more to say about rheumatic fever,” she told 1 NEWS.