Supplementary Order Paper No 398

No 398

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill


Proposed amendments

Phil Twyford, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 12

In clause 12, delete new section 57AA (lines 28 to 37 on page 14).

In clause 12, delete new section 57AD (line 30 on page 15 to line 6 on page 16).

Clause 13

In clause 13, delete new section 58AA(2)(c) (lines 10 to 21 on page 18).

Clause 14

In clause 14, delete new section 61(2)(c) and (d) (lines 28 to 32 on page 22).

Clause 19

In clause 19, delete new section 78(1)(b) and (c) (lines 20 to 25 on page 49).

In clause 19, delete new section 83(2)(b) (lines 6 to 8 on page 54).

In clause 19, delete new sections 103(1A), (1B), and (1D) (lines 1 to 12 and 19 to 20 on page 73).

In clause 19, delete new section 115A (lines 28 to 37 on page 82).

In clause 19, delete new section 118 as proposed in Supplementary Order Paper 390 (pages 81 to 82).

In clause 19, delete new section 121 (lines 11 to 29 on page 86).

In clause 19, new section 122, replace , 120, or 121 with or 120 (line 32 on page 86).

In clause 19, new section 123(1)(c), delete or 118 (line 33 on page 87).

In clause 19, new section 124(1), delete the words or 118 (line 4 on page 89), and replace the words , 120, or 121 with or 120 (line 5 on page 89).

In clause 19, new section 125(1)(d), delete or 118 (line 27 on page 89).

In clause 19, new section 125(1)(e), replace the words , 120, or 121 with or 120 (lines 28 and 29 on page 89).

In clause 19, delete new section 127(2)(b) (lines 22 to 24 on page 93).


Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill to remove all provisions relating to reviewable tenancies for all Housing New Zealand tenants.

Reviewable tenancies will have the effect of extending insecurity of tenure to all State-house tenants, including the elderly. This will create needless stress, anxiety, and suffering for older New Zealanders, who least deserve such treatment, and are least able to cope with it.

Originally, Government policy was to impose reviewable tenancies only on new tenants, but not on pre-existing tenants. Government Ministers have stated that this policy would not apply to the old or disabled. This Bill explicitly extends reviewable tenancies to all tenants of State and community housing.

As presented to the Social Services Committee, reviewable tenancies have the potential to pose a major public health risk and this Supplementary Order Paper would remove the relevant provisions.