This week there was a Webinar organised by the Community Housing Sector. All the political parties were invited to discuss Community Housing policies. They were all there; except Labour.
Before the last election it was my job to arrange for all of the political parties to speak about Community Housing policies. They were all there; except National.
Why is it that the party in power feel they need to turn up? What happens to new policy and accountability when a Party is in power? Have they become the lap-dogs of Wellington-think?
Labour has heaps to boast about having consolidated all the myriad of delivery in Housing into one Department, Housing and Urban Development. They have also given Kainga Ora, the old Housing New Zealand, enormous new powers, and financial resources, which could also be boasted about. It has established a fund to assist first home buyers. There’s lots to tell.
Or were they embarrassed that they promised the earth to the Community Housing Sector before the last election and have reneged on most of those promises?
The second thing this week was about the imploding of the CDHB. Before the last election the Labour Health spokesman was all over David Meates, and the CDHB, like a rash. What they weren’t going to do for CDHB wasn’t worth talking about. Then they appointed people also popular with the National Party to lead, and review, the CDHB, which led to our current disastrous state of affairs.
Are these examples of politicians being so busy that they have no time to campaign? Or is it that they become divorced from their membership base and their fundamental relationships are with the bureaucrats who they spend every living minute with in Wellington?
Whatever has happened it happens to every party. All I ask is why?