Wellington Housing Election Forum
Every Child Counts and the Child Poverty Action Group hosted a Housing Election Forum along with other organisations, to jointly call for urgent action on housing to recognise every child's right to a safe, affordable and healthy home.
The event was held at a secret location on Tuesday 5 September from 5.30 - 7.15pm. Special guest speakers included Lisa Woods from Every Child Counts, Debbie Leyland from UCAN NZ, and David Pierce from Sustainability Trust.
MPs then spoke about what they would do to improve access to safe, healthy, affordable housing. Representatives were:
- Labour - Grant Robertson
- Greens - Marama Davidson
- National - Euon Marrell
- NZ First - Ria Bond (Apologies)
Attendees of the event learnt about what different parties will do to improve access to safe, affordable, healthy housing for all children in Aotearoa New Zealand. There was also time afterwards for questions and sharing concerns.
The secret location was a house that had experienced quality issues, and hearing from the whānau who lived there really brought home the importance of access to healthy affordable housing. The event ended with the father who lived in the house talking about the many sick days he's had to take because of unwell children, and asking all those present with the power to do something to urgently take action.
Overall, the event went really well.