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Letter to the Editor – Just how witless is our PM?!?!


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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015
subject: Letter to the Editor



The Editor

Dominion Post


When National recently announced that it will consider selling State houses to overseas buyers – I had to check the calendar, just to ensure it wasn’t April 1.

This has to be the most bizarre and ill-considered policy announcement, in the annals of New Zealand’s political history.

When interviewed by Guyon Espiner on Radio NZ’s “Morning Report”,  on 29 June, Key admitted;

“I don’t know a huge amount about them…but they’re a charity, I think,  in Queensland.”


“I don’t know a tremendous amount about them…”

Just what our most poor and vulnerable families need – a Prime Minister who seems to be utterly clueless about who will be buying taxpayer-built State houses.

The most curious thing is that Key’s government plans to sell houses that are – allegedly – “in the wrong place and wrong size” for Housing NZ’s requirements.

In which case, why would a  charitable organisation, from another country, with little knowledge of our local community needs – be buying up such properties? How would they know what we needed?

Very little of this makes any sense. One can only assume that this is yet another money-raising venture from Bill English, who desperately needs a budget surplus next year.


-Frank Macskasy


[Address and phone number supplied]




Radio NZ: Morning Report – Foreign buyers eyeing up state house sell-off






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  1. 30 June 2015 at 8:57 am

    When I’ve manage to listen, all I’ve heard is “I think” or “I don’t think”, “as far as I know”, “the advice I’ve got is” and relating to the state house sale to Horizon “Is there a strong case that someone else could at least do as good a job as HNZ if not better? The answer to that is potentially yes.” Potentially! Think! These words should be Definitely/Assuredly/Undoubtedly/Absolutely, “I’m positive” and “I know”. Endless policies are being put in place that have no strong evidence of positive results. Its like watching a can of expanding foam slowly choking our society.

  2. David H
    30 June 2015 at 10:27 am

    They say “make Hay while the sun shines” So maybe they know the sun is setting on their 9 year rip off of the Taxpayer, and are scrabbling around to make their mates even richer. So as to have another trough to stick their noses in when dumped out of Parliament.

  3. Samwise
    30 June 2015 at 3:30 pm

    The way Key phrases things, it’s like he hasn’t a fricken clue what’s going on. It’s all part of his apolitical “charm” I guess, not sounding too much like a politician. All the while, he’s playing us like chumps.

    Selling off state houses to foreigners should have Kiwis up in arms, but there’s barely a murmur about it. He really has lulled the sheeple to sleep.

  4. 30 June 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Question time once again provided a variety of inane comments but I want to know if another organisation buys the state houses who then have to be registered with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority, why did this same Authority (who’s role supposedly is to “make sure that community housing providers provide good quality homes, have good tenancy management services, and are well-managed financially”) why did they not hold Housing New Zealand to account for not keeping these same homes well maintained and of good quality. There are a lot of people working in government departments who are not doing their jobs. And we are paying.

  5. 2 July 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Side note – the Dompost published my letter today.

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