State House sales in ChCh stopped
The Labour-led Government today cancelled the sell-off of state houses, fulfilling another of its first 100 day promises, Hou...sing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has announced.
“This will stop the transfer of up to 2,500 state houses in Christchurch. Tenants in the suburbs of Shirley, Bryndwr and Riccarton had been told they were likely to have a new landlord by mid next year.
“This week they will receive letters telling them their homes will not be sold. I’m pleased these families will be able to enjoy Christmas without the uncertainty this sale would create.
“Community housing providers have an important role to play in housing those in need, but the first and last provider of public housing must be the state.
“This Government is committed to not only keeping these houses within state ownership, but increasing the number of state houses. And a modernisation programme by Housing NZ will mean more dry, warm and healthy state houses.
“While this is the end of large-scale state housing sell-offs, Housing NZ will be rejuvenating its stock by building and buying newer homes where they are most needed and selling houses that are no longer fit for purpose.
“Sales to renew and grow the stock are quite different from the systematic large-scale sales used by the previous government to reduce the role of Housing NZ.
“Large-scale sales of state houses during a housing crisis do nothing to help house our most vulnerable people,” Phil Twyford says.
Let’s remember those who are displaced this Christmas.
For those who asked... here's the Franciscan Blessing we shared on Sunday Morning:
"May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superfic...ial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor."
Please take time to read this to perhaps gain some understanding. Issues like this are about justice and equality. When we as a church respond we do so that there is hope for those who have none and we become a voice for those who have no choices.
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St Aidan's is filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Over the next two weeks we are collecting something to wear, e.g. t-shirts, shorts, cap. Something to play with e.g. skipping rope, bouncy balls, model cars. There is a red collection box at the back of Church for you to put items in. Or you can drop into the Church office. Please note only new items.
Garage Sale furniture, crockery, toys, books, clothing, electrical goods at bargain prices. Something for everyone so please come along and support our bi-annual sale. A sausage sizzle is likely to be a happening thing too! Bring your spare change and tell your friends and family and spread the word. See you there!!
SOUP & BUNS this Sunday 6th August (the last of our Winter monthly lunch get togethers). Everyone is invited to join us for lunch after the 10 am service. The soup is yummy! Please bring something to share - soup or buns or something sweet to have with a hot cuppa
Hi friends. Jess has just gone home. With baby Theo who has been in hospital for 4 weeks after his birth. Jess and Manjit also have a 1 year old Tara. Jess could do with some support from us as they adjust to life with a new baby and a toddler. I have known Jess for a number of years and took their wedding.
How about helping a stranger and showing them what love is. If you can supply a meal that would be a great help.
Let's bless them they are a lovely couple
Hey Facebook world,
Jess has a 1 year old and a new baby Theo who has been in hospital for a month. They head home this Friday to adjust to life as a fam of 4. ...Let's bless them because we can and sometimes it's nice to do something for a stranger yeh?✨
If anyone is free to make a meal and bless this lovely family click on the link attached xx
Let's share the love and generosity 💛
A warm invitation to our Bryndwr community to join us for the evening to watch the RUGBY test LIVE on Saturday 1st July. You and your friends are welcome to this free family-friendly event.