Guru Orders Staff To Keep Family Housed

Kapiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan showing his compassionate side

Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan has asked Council staff to do everything in their power to avoid the large family in Paraparaumu from being forced out of their Council-owned home with nowhere to go.

“This is a very unfortunate situation where the government agencies responsible for providing safe and affordable housing for those in need have failed in their duty of care,” he says.

‘Slow down the sale’

He has told staff to slow down the sales process until family has a home.

KCDC staff told to taihoa

“We have no desire to see this family become homeless which is why I’ve asked Council staff to follow a formal process to slow down the sales process for the property until such time as the family has secured alternative housing via Housing New Zealand,” said the Mayor.

Large family, with a special needs child

The extended Maori family with four children, one with special needs, faced being forced to move out of the District because of the Council decision.

Former Mayor Iride McCloy pointed out the family had links with the Kāpiti District going back four generations.

House was held for ‘operational reasons’

The house in question was being held for operational reasons, and is now no longer needed for the purposes that it was acquired for and is being sold. The Council currently holds 13 of these houses and is currently in the process of reviewing all of their property holdings.

Group Manager Place and Space James Jefferson says the Council appreciates that this situation is very disruptive for the family in the tenanted property and staff have been working closely with the family and support agencies to help the tenant connect with the appropriate government assistance.

“We are very aware of the housing pressures facing our community and we will be looking at what options the Council has to influence housing issues over the coming year,” Mr Jefferson said.

Yes Helena, great comment.Yes Marie,great thinking.Why not KCDC just make a positive difference. One family at a time and underwrite this family into a mortgage and a home of their own. The strange thing is….collective responsibility, and I believe, that if asked,the ratepayers of Kapiti would consider this a worthwhile risk and a positive activity, with a massive outcome. Making a difference – One family at a time .Cr Jackie Elliott

Why not just withdraw it from sale and hold it as social housing stock? The need for such housing is blindingly obvious. Council needs to rebalance it’s commercial interests with it’s legislative requirement to protect the four wellbeings. Housing is Paramount in this.

What a load of rubbish we are all part of the problem Maybe the Mayor wants to do away with Local government so then it wont be his fault
I am certain that most people know how dire housing is for families on the coast The mayor has known about the issue for years but done nothing only when it was brought to the attention of the public did his stance soften Shame on you It was fine for the council to make ongoing money from the rent they got wasn’t it
I know sell it to the family as a rent to buy ?? instead of passing the buck

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