Bungling Bennett

​Just how badly the Government is struggling on housing is underlined by this damaging interview with Paula Bennett on The Nation. Lisa Owen plays a straight bat, and as the questioning goes on Bennett’s trademark gushy “sincerity” and wide-eyed smile seem more and more forced. Bennett has to concede her various announcements on emergency housing have only produced 300 extra places. That after three years of Government talk about boosting the community housing providers, the NGOs cannot build houses on the money the Government has put up. And to make matters worse Bennett is reduced to quibbling with the Government’s own official definition of homelessness. Most tellingly Bennett claims she gets up every morning to deliver more housing, and is pulling every lever, but Owen asks the question everyone else is thinking: why doesn’t the Government just build more houses?  The Nation has been trying to get Bennett on the programme for months. After that interview I guess it will be a while before she comes on again. – Phil Twyford

Watch the interview on Newshub

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