HOUS­ING CRI­SIS

The Tribune (NZ) - - VIEWS -

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

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