The aca­demic view­point

Kapi-Mana News - - ELECTION 2014 -

The Green Party’s hous­ing spokes­woman, Holly Walker, was a Rhodes scholar to Ox­ford Univer­sity, where she stud­ied the con­se­quences of eco­nomic in­equal­ity, in­clud­ing hous­ing de­pri­va­tion.

‘‘There is a lot of ev­i­dence that if you can get the hous­ing pol­icy right you can do a huge amount to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of child poverty and turn things around,’’ she said.

Home was where chil­dren spent the largest amount of their time, but if it made them sick and they moved around and changed schools fre­quently, the ef­fect on their ed­u­ca­tion was se­vere, Walker said.

There was def­i­nitely a hous­ing cri­sis in the Wellington re­gion, as well as the coun­try as a whole,’’ she said.

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