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The Government is to be requested to give urgent consideration to the question of making military establishments at Mangere Crossing, Cambria Park, Narrow Neck, North Head and Waikaraka Park (Onehunga) available for temporary housing. This was decided by a committee representative of Auckland local authorities and other interested organisations at a meeting in the Town Hall council chamber this morning. •

The committee appointed a subcommittee to meet the Director of Works, who was stated to be in Auckland, with a view to furthering the matter.

The meeting received intimation from the district inspector of the Housing Construction Department that he would be unable to contribute anything to tne committee's discussion until Cabinet had considered reports and recommendations made regarding the Government's investigation of .the possible conversion of military camps into temporary housing accommodation.

The Mayor, Mr Allum, who was appointed chairman of the meeting, recounted what the City Council had .done towards assisting homeless Aucklanders to obtain accommodation. It was felt that the council had gone as far as it could go, he said, although it did not desire to be involved in any more financial obligations it. would certainly cooperate in making representations to the Government.

Support for this statement was given t>y Mr. H. P. Burton, chairman of the council's housing committee. Suggestion that consideration be given to the question of making baches and summer* residences in the vicinity of Auckland available as homes for ex-servicemen was made in a letter received from the Auckland Suburbs Labour Representation Committee of the Labour Party. It was suggested that the Government be asked to enact legislation for the purpose referred to.

Mr. Allum said the buildings mentioned could only be used temporarily if the State Advances Corporation agreed to provide the tenants with State Houses within a certain length of time. Once the houses were occupied they would remain so for quite a few years to come.

It was resolved that the letter be received and that' the Government be asked whether it would be prepared to extend the provisions of the Transit Camp Regulations to cover such place as summer residences and that, when a reply had been received from the Government, the matter be placed before the committee again.

+i Mr. I. J. Goldstine reported that in the One Tree Hill district there were two groups of buildings which could possibly be used for temporary housing. Those on the Epsoin showgrounds were required by the A. and P. Association, however, while the part of the Cornwall Hospital which had been in his council's mind would have to be the subject of negotiation with the War Assets Realisation Board.

Mr. F. M. Waters said subdivision of the Mangere Crossing Camp in the Manukau County would result in a total of 180 housing units becoming available. It was not possible to estimate the number of units which could be erected at Puhinui camp another area in the county. The buildings at the latter camp were not of the same standard as those at Mangere, though water and drainage was laid on at both camps. The fact that buildings at the rear of Chamberlain Park were on private property was emphasised by Mr. H A. Anderson, representing the Mount Albert Borough Council and the Auckland Transport Board.

Decision was made, on the motion of Mr. J. Park, to set up a subcommittee to consider the question of supplies and to have consultations with the various authorities with a view to alleviating the position. The committee deferred consideration of a resolution submitted by Mr W. J. Moore (New Zealand Home Servicemen's Association) that it should approve the adoption of a Dominion-wide building construction plan embodying a progressive expansion of house-building and should urge the Government to utilise all the country's resources for the purpose and to ensure that no building permits were issued by the Building Controller unless the buildings were declared essential. ,

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USE OF CAMPS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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USE OF CAMPS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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