28 Aug 2017

The Leader Interview - Bill English

8:16 am on 28 August 2017

In the first of a special series of extended interviews and profiles, the National Party's Bill English has told Morning Report's Guyon Espiner that the government has a strong record on tackling homelessness.

Watch the full video here:

Mr English said homelessness has almost been eliminated in Hamilton, by dealing with people who have been living on the street - and their complex social problems - one by one.

He said a similar housing-first scheme that has been set up in Auckland has helped 150 people in four months.

But he said the National government also had the massive task of re-housing tens of thousands of people who lost their homes following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Mr English said they had learned lessons from that and he could see a time where homelessness was rare in New Zealand.

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