Mum’s hous­ing plea

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Selina Paul wants out of the As­cot Park home she grew up in.

The solo mother-of-four has been in the three- be­d­room, Beau­maris Cres state house most of her life – the last five years of these pay­ing rent af­ter her fa­ther died – but its cold and damp rooms are mak­ing her and her fam­ily sick, she says.

Her three- year- old son Bray­den has taken the brunt, with colds and asthma flare-ups re­quir­ing fre­quent days at home from kinder­garten and trips to the hospi­tal for treat­ment.

Ms Paul says while Hous­ing New Zealand has made a re­cent in­spec­tion, her pleas to ei­ther make their home warmer or move them to a four-be­d­room house have been ig­nored.

Go­ing to the me­dia was brought about by frus­tra­tion, she said.

‘‘ My daugh­ter and I have asthma, but not as bad as Bray­den. His has got worse in the last two years.

‘‘At the mo­ment he’s sleep­ing with me; his room’s cold and the bed gets damp. I put a de­hu­mid­i­fier in there a few weeks back – we emp­tied it twice in half a day.

‘‘Heat­ing it up with a col­umn heater does noth­ing, so we’ve shut the room up, no one’s al­lowed to sleep in there.’’

HNZ has told Ms Paul her fire­place will be fixed soon, but all the fam­ily can af­ford un­til then is an­other col­umn heater in the lounge.

With win­ter ap­proach­ing, she wants some­thing done, and not just more ad­vice to keep the house ‘‘well-ven­ti­lated’’ by open­ing win­dows.

‘‘I’ve been told ‘ we’ll sort it out, we’ll sort it out’ [ the heat­ing] but noth­ing is be­ing done and it’s get­ting out of hand. I’m wip­ing win­dow sills with Janola but can smell the damp.

‘‘I have heard of empty [state] homes in Porirua. Why can’t we be trans­ferred?’’

A HNZ spokesper­son told Kapi-mana News it is ‘‘un­likely’’ Ms Paul and her fam­ily will be moved as they are not in an over­crowded en­vi­ron­ment.

They reg­u­larly keep tenants in­formed on how best to heat and ven­ti­late their homes and would be in­creas­ing the aware­ness as win­ter drew nearer.

HNZ would not com­ment fur­ther on in­di­vid­ual cases.

Damped off: Three-year-old Bray­den Paul, with mum Selina, has had a rough time of it lately with his asthma, of­ten catch­ing up on sleep dur­ing the day as he is awake all through the night.

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