My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

Stars aligning on housing

Despite more than a decade of generous Government incentives for insulation, there is still rental housing in Dunedin that is cold and damp. Some landlords have been slow to bring rentals up to a modern standard. This is bad for families that live in them, and bad for the taxpayer.  Preventable illness stops people working and it is a drag on our health system.

Fortunately, appetites for tolerating poor housing are dwindling.  A majority of responsible landlords have already insulated; others plan to. And members of landlords associations are getting sick of slum-landlords giving their industry a bad name.

This has bothered me for a long time. During my time on the Otago Community Trust, I pushed for increased support for home insulation schemes.

Last year, Labour announced that when in Government, we will introduce a rule requiring all landlords to meet minimum insulation, heating and ventillation standards. The rule gives landlords five years to get up to scratch. No bureaucracy required. Thereafter, a house that doesn’t meet healthy housing standards will be illegal to rent. Simple.

Now Mayor Cull has indicated enthusiasm for a local bill to address poor housing – along similar lines. Local student bodies are behind the push. It looks like the stars are aligning.

Update: Campbell Live has now broadcast an excellent report on Dunedin housing and the local bill.

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