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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 18:47

The Green Party is calling for the Government to stop sending homeless people into thousands of dollars of debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson says that people at their wits end should not be charged for being put up in emergency housing.

“The use of recoverable loans by MSD has to stop because it is hurting the most vulnerable and makes a mockery of our compassionate approach,” Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson said today.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 15:34

In response to calls for a compulsory energy rating for buildings the Green Party is renewing calls for the building code to take better account of energy efficiency. 

“New Zealanders are living in damp and cold homes that have low energy efficiency due to a failure to retrofit our old housing stock and bring it up to modern standards”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

“Each and every home in Aotearoa should be meeting high standards for energy efficiency, especially when being rented out. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 15:53

The Green Party agrees with the Salvation Army that bold new steps are needed to stop a worrying trajectory of increased rent rises and homelessness.

“Home ownership is at its lowest rate since 1951 which means an entire generation is living with renting. 200,000 of these households are living in high financial stress due to unaffordable rent and, worse, we currently have 60,000 people on the very cusp of homelessness living in inadequate and precarious situations. This is not good enough”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:15

Families living in dilapidated conditions in a boarding house in Whanganui further demonstrates why a Warrant of Fitness for housing is required, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“The Pink Flats, where a single mum is having to bathe her kids in a mouldy bathroom, is a textbook example of why we desperately need a Warrant of Fitness in Aotearoa.

“People who live there have repeatedly asked for repairs and have been ignored. Now children are ill.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 13:53

The Green Party is celebrating the launch of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme today, which will deliver warm, dry, healthy homes for a huge number of New Zealanders.

“We’re incredibly happy to see our policy becoming a reality,” says Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes. “We’ve campaigned for proper home insulation for every Kiwi home for so long, and we’re making it happen in government.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Why is the Minister looking to overseas companies to prefabricate KiwiBuild homes; and what is he doing to promote as much New Zealand-based manufacture as possible?

 

 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:01

The Green Party welcomes the belated fronting by Housing New Zealand today on the bogus meth contamination of houses and agrees HNZ should consider repaying tenants costs associated with their evictions.

“Not only were hundreds of tenants evicted on the basis of this bogus testing regime, but to add insult they were charged for it,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said.

“The issue of compensation should be seriously considered. At the very least, HNZ should repay costs around testing.” 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Firstly, for clarity, Madam Chair, I'd like to ask if I am able to traverse both the social development part and the housing part in one debate?

[Madam Chair nods] Thank you, Madam Chair. My goodness, because there's a lot to traverse, to be honest, and they're all connected, and this is the thing.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Thank you, Mr Speaker. So I just sat and listened through Michael Woodhouse's debate speech about all the hospitals that the previous Government—his Government—apparently fixed and ran so that they are functional. 

 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

I'm really proud to stand up tonight and support the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will prohibit letting fees.