The chickens have come home to roost for the government’s housing policies by giving taxpayer cash incentives to tenants on the waiting list to move to the provinces. It beggars belief. The present rental housing crisis is not just an Auckland issue, it is a nation-wide problem. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is not going to cut it.
The government’s housing policies have been an abject failure. They appear to have no ideas or vision for affordable rental accommodation supply.
In today’s New Zealand we have witnessed decisions which have endangered well established social housing systems, such as Housing New Zealand and those remaining local councils who support their community on housing issues.
The minister can point the blame, but it is her government’s housing policies which have created the crisis in the rental housing market.
The country needs more effective polices.
New Zealanders were proud of their housing system. Once.
Kevin Reilly Manawatu Tenants Union
PET PEEVES SORTED
Having pets is not cheap especially when it comes to taking them to the Vet. Consultation fees vary from clinic to clinic but expect to pay about $50. Then there’s the cost of medication, which can be expensive. Then when medication is prescribed you may be in for a shock as veterinarian medications can be very expensive.
Recently, I was made aware of how expensive and how much the same medication can vary between vet clinics.
I have a repeat for an eye-drop lotion for one of my dogs and was told that the small 10ml bottle was now just over $90.
A couple of months previously it had been $60. I was told that the wholesale price had increased.
At home, I got onto the internet and discovered that I could get the same in NZ by mail order for $32 but had to have a prescription from my vet to be able to purchase.I checked two other vet clinics to see what their retail prices were. One was $45, the other $64.40, both well under $93.
Now vets must honour requests for written authorisations in lieu of dispensing. So, I returned the unused medication to the clinic, obtained a refund, and paid $15 for a prescription which allowed me to buy the larger 20ml bottle online for $53 – total outlay $68 for twice as much medicine.
When you take a pet to your vet and medications are recommended, ask what the medication is called, how long it will be required, the possibility of repeats, what the costs are, and ask for a prescription with as many repeats as possible.
Then, see what the online prices are and place an order with your credit card. The original prescription must be mailed to the vets who offer this service.
There are lots of elderly people who struggle financially to maintain their animal companions and will go without themselves, to ensure the welfare of their pets.
Any savings are great for them and their pets.
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