Housing reports blacked out

Last updated 07:04 03/05/2012

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Housing Minister Phil Heatley used public interest as justification for "blacking out 95 per cent"of reports released under the Official Information Act on housing issues in Christchurch.

Labour MP Annette King requested the weekly reports after "mounting concern over the housing shortage in the city" and said she was "outraged" when she realised almost all of the report had been blacked out.

"It is unacceptable for the Government not to be upfront and straightforward about the problem," she said.

"I can't understand why they wouldn't be open and transparent with the people of Christchurch. Masking and hiding the problems will not make them go away."

In a letter that accompanied the reports, Heatley wrote: "In making my decision to withhold some information, I have considered the public interest considerations in section 9 (1) of OIA."

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