Solving the housing crisis is critical to eradicating poverty in New Zealand.The lack of affordable rental housing and its impact on health and inequality is creating a time bomb, as the country faces its biggest housing crisis since the 1990’s.Benefit cuts have had the effect of social cleansing.The accommodation supplement is capped, so tenants struggle to meet increased rental demands from private sector landlords.
The Manawatu Tenants Union is in contact with politicians and landlords and is surprised to find they have little knowledge of the issues facing the average tenant.
Developing new state housing will go some way to assist ordinary New Zealanders into housing rental accommodation that they can afford. More privatisation of public housing is not the way to go. It is a policy that failed to deliver affordable housing in the 1990s and will fail again. It made some landlords rich and the expense of the poor.
Kevin Reilly Manawatu Tenants Uniion