Articles tagged Social Development

The debate over the sale of state houses and the associated reform of Income Related Rents got another kick along yesterday with Prime Minister John Key following up on Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett's weekend comments by saying sales to community groups would be discounted and the reforms would increase the amount of available social housing.

New Housing NZ Minister Bill English is pushing ahead with reforms to the Government's NZ$18.7 billion stock of state houses that he hopes could ramp up the development of social housing by Iwi and other community-owned housing providers to address a massive shortage of affordable housing.

Despite Australia's new conservative Government flagging a review of its retirement age, Prime Minister John Key has stuck to his view that New Zealand can afford to keep its age of eligibility for an non-means tested New Zealand Superannuation at 65.