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•"THE housing situation in Auckland is such that each and every proposal that will lessen the shortage deserves consideration and, if proved feasible, prompt action. The attention of the Government has again been called, by Mr. Morton, M.P., to' the existence in the metropolitan area of disused, or never-used, Army hutments, and it has been suggested that they could and should be used for temporary housing accommodation. To this suggestion a Labour member responded by saying that "something more was wanted" and that Army huts "would become slums." It is a pity that this member has not made himself familiar with the conditions under which some people are living in Auckland to-day, and compared their accommodation with that which could be provided by adapting the Army hutments. Probably they could not accommodate any large number, but the opportunity to use them would certainly not be neglected by people at present living under ; conditions of overcrowding. To speak of creating "slums" by using them is nonsense, nor is there any reason to suppose that this con- - sideration has deterred the Government. But, whether through inertia s or inter-Departmental differences, or failure to understand the need' nothing has been done. It is now for the local bodies concerned to I inspect the hutments, gauge their possibilities, and insist that some use be made of them. Further Government inaction, in the face of the : constantly-increasing need for accommodation, will lead to the kind of • ; illegal action by so-called "vigilantes" of which there has been news from the United Kingdom and Australia. Such action must be" sternly discouraged, but—there must be no excuse provided for attempting it

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EMPTY ARMY HUTMENTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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EMPTY ARMY HUTMENTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945