empty state home


PHOTO: MONIQUE FORD/STUFF The gates remain shut at this Housing NZ property in Waikanae, which has Kāpiti’s mayor up in arms.

A $700,000 Kāpiti house bought by Housing NZ has sat empty for 20 months while almost 100 locals await a state home.

Kāpiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan came across the property in Hihi Place, Waikanae as he tried to find housing for a family that are living in a Kāpiti Coast District Council-owned house, which the council wants to get rid of because it only does social housing for pensioners.

He said he could not understand why the Waikanae house had sat empty all this time with about 94 people on the waiting list for a state home in Kāpiti, and the country in the middle of a housing crisis.