Carmel Sepuloni: Ministry made mistakes over social housing due to pressure

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 15 Dec 2021, 9:31AM
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. (Photo / Mark Mitchell)
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. (Photo / Mark Mitchell)

Carmel Sepuloni: Ministry made mistakes over social housing due to pressure

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 15 Dec 2021, 9:31AM

The Ministry for Social Development is taking the criticism of its social housing policies on the chin.  

Auditor-General John Ryan's inquiry says the ministry didn't do market comparisons to make sure they were getting a good price for private rentals, they used as emergency housing.  

It also found they had no way of determining whether houses were safe, warm and dry.  

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni told Mike Yardley the ministry made incorrect decisions because it was under pressure. 

“Because of the housing crisis, because of the fact that people were coming to them and there weren’t the accommodation options that they needed.” 

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