Housing proposal unlikely to affect Oamaru

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Finance Minister Bill English has announced the Government has agreed to set up an entity to make state houses available to community house providers, however this is unlikely to have an effect in Oamaru.

Finance Minister Bill English and Housing Minister Nick Smith said the new entity would be developed in the next six months by an establishment unit staffed by the Treasury and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Funding was provided in the Budget through Vote Finance.

“This dedicated entity will help develop the fair and effective and efficient social housing market the Government wants and tenants need,” the ministers said.

However, Tenancy Services regional manager Symon Leggett said Housing New Zealand would not be making any changes in Oamaru..

“Housing New Zealand doesn’t have any immediate plans to sell or purchase properties in Oamaru.

“Housing New Zealand has 121 properties in Oamaru, 23 in Waimate and 1 in Palmerston (South). Of those, only one property is vacant – that’s in Waimate. It is ready to let so is likely to be tenanted soon.”