14 Jun 2023

Fire safety delays for emergency housing motels

From Morning Report, 8:21 am on 14 June 2023

Thousands of people in emergency housing motels are without higher fire safety protections, despite Cabinet promises six months ago to set standards for the first time.

The government - which was advised it lacked "any formal power" to tell moteliers what to do - agreed last December to introduce the standards.

But that is still to come - and a council at the emergency council epicentre has also been left waiting as it tries to boost its powers over motels.

Phil Pennington has the story.