Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson
This month we are lucky to have Alan Johnson speaking. Alan is from the Salvation Army. He is the brains behind the research that they publish regularly. Social housing and the Governments determined plan to sell off their HNZ stock commences this week and is very topical. The Ministers were full of letting the Salvation Army take over their portfolio. How they came to that conclusion was never stated but their balloon was deflated when Major Campbell Roberts declared that their church was not about running a large residential portfolio of old high maintenance houses.
Alan’s presentation will be “Housing challenges for our aging population”. I have read several of Alan’s papers and speeches. What he says is well said, makes sense, and is based on facts not guess work. I suspect that his research papers have significant influence on the Minister’s understanding of the market, far more so than some of the government funded agencies who hit the news headlines regularly. Without a doubt the current actions of the Government in removing itself from being a landlord will have implications that reverberate within our industry for the next decade or so. I encourage you to take this rare opportunity to get a feel for social housing without the normal political rhetoric that many self-interest groups bring to the table when discussing it. The meeting proper commences at 7.30 pm with the meal at 6pm. We will be eating in the Club Cafe which is cheaper but slower so attendees need to arrive at 5:45 pm. If you are coming to the meal please email Glenn by return email. The Suburban Club reserves seats on the basis of my bookings.