SO­CIAL TIME BOMB

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION | CONVERSATIONS -

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

Union

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

STREET VAN

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.

Me­riam Findlay

Street Van

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON /FAIR­FAX NZ

In­truder alert. This has been rated the coun­try’s ugli­est build­ing.

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