Stuff’s report on the awful letter sent to a beneficiary has attracted 214 comments including this one (the 20th at 1:43):
We’ve received a Labour flyer all (with my name and address on it) about not losing the “family home”. Apparently the house we’ve owned for years is actually a state house, and National will sell it out from under us. Go Labour, we’ll be rethinking our options if they get in power. Australia or England?
And the 57th at 1:54:
I received something similar over the weekend. printed label with my name on the envelope stating that if I choose to vote national I will loose my state house. The funny thing is is that I dont live in a state house. Somehow Labour have obtained my details and possibly my social welfare history and placed their own meaning on it. These tactics just make me ashamed for the Labour party
Just this morning Keeping Stock had an excerpt from the States Services Commission on what happened last time labour tried that:
This flyer reminds us of a letter sent to state house tenants by the Labour Party prior to the 2005 election. Then, as is now, dire predictions were made; in that case the letter took the form of a fake eviction notice. In his report to Parliament for that year, the State Services Commissioner noted:
The last issue I wish to raise is the unintended and complex consequences for State servants of actions taken during political campaigns. In this election period, the Labour Party sent fake “eviction notices” to several thousand individual State house tenants as part of a housing policy promotion. This action had two consequences for the State Services. Firstly, it raised trust issues as tenants were suspicious that a government agency had given their private information to a political party, and, secondly, Housing New Zealand staff had to manage calls from worried and scared tenants.
Housing New Zealand confirms that it did not release its tenants’ mailing list. Labour Party president Mike Williams stated the party “constructed its own list” from publicly available information (New Zealand Herald, 10 September 2005). However, the outcome of this communication meant that Housing New Zealand call centre staff were placed in the potentially difficult predicament of managing calls from concerned tenants. Call centre staff were given guidance that they must remain neutral and not get into the position where they are discussing the pros and cons of various party policies on housing with tenants.
Repeating the same lies when they know the distress it causes recipients and extra work it causes state servants is despicable.
Kiwiblog has the letter and the facts on National’s record:
The reality under National is has increased the housing stock, with the only sales (a few dozen) being to existing tenants, and the capital used to buy more houses. In fact the total number of state houses has increased by more than 1,000 under National. National has also renovated or upgraded 50,000 state houses.
It is an absolute lie to say National is reviewing all state house tenancies. The policy clearly says only *new* tenancies will be placed on periodic review.
Whaleoil also has a copy of the letter and states the obvious: Labour is the nasty party.
National’s policy is here.