Queenstown social housing questioned.

A memo from Housing New Zealand details an exit strategy for its presence in Queenstown.

Queenstown gondola

Queenstown Photo: RNZ / Peter Newport

The memo, released under the Official Information Act, relates to the sale last month of one of the agency’s 10 homes in the resort town.

It said the town was a “high profile resort/lifestyle environment” with “reasonable work opportunities”, which could be seen as “incompatible” with a social housing presence.

The comments have angered social housing providers in the town, including the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust.

Its executive officer, Julie Scott, said it had a waiting list of 350 people struggling to find affordable accommodation.

“I just met with a family this morning and she was in tears. They’ve been in Queenstown since 1992, they’ve got three kids and they’ve got until 22 August and then they’ve got to be out of their property.

“They just can’t find anywhere to go and it’s just heartbreaking.”

Pete says:  Is Housing NZ looking for an excuse to pull out of the area?




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