SOCIAL TIME BOMB
Affordable rental housing is perhaps the greatest social issue of the decade.
To achieve a fundamental change in state housing will require the power of central government. Increasing numbers of people want government to use its considerable power to do good, to cut poverty, to rebuild public services, and give people hope. The lack of affordable rental housing is a health and inequality time bomb. Day after day we hear and read reports of childrenliving on the streets of Auckland.
Many other families live in cars, garages or are in overcrowded accommodation.
These problems are to be found here in Palmerston North too. It is not just an Auckland issue, it is nationwide.
The Manawatu Tenants Union along with other city community agencies deal with a growing tide of homeless families. A number are housed in motels as they are not eligible for a state house.
Make no mistake, state housing is in crisis and needs to be rebuilt into a state asset – like the one that served the country well for decades. The need has never been greater.If you are not outraged, you’re not paying attention.
The poorest people in our country are living increasingly precarious lives – they deserve a better deal from the government when it comes to affordable shelter. Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Tenants
LIES, DAMN LIES ETC
I am shocked by the claims presented by Bridget Hughes in her Online Chatter (Tribune November 18) regarding terrorist attacks.
Big claims with no substance; so true the saying lies, damn lies and statistics.
In light of the world events not just in Paris, but Lebanon, Egypt, and India terrorist attacks (the list goes on), one needs to present the truth, the evidence and those who are claiming ownership of these deeds.
Let’s present the truth and the
I am writing to express my deepest thanks to the people of Palmerston North who generously gave donations during our street day appeal on November 7 and 14.
Thank you to all the shop owners who allowed our collectors to stand alongside their shops.
Your generosity has allowed the PN Street Van to continue its work among vulnerable people on the streets for the last 20 years.
Intruder alert. This has been rated the country’s ugliest building.