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What a she­moz­zle! It’s a great word, she­moz­zle, well wor­thy of the an­nual Hun­ter­ville event.

And this she­moz­zle is some­thing that has re­ally gone to the dogs – hous­ing.

Now that win­ter has taken its first bite, the plight of those un­able to af­ford de­cent hous­ing takes an even more ur­gent turn.

How has it come to this? Once we had a state hous­ing safety net the envy of the world.

It’s a re­source that ap­pears to have been squan­dered, along with our wa­ter­ways, and even more re­cently it ap­pears, our deep sea fish stocks.

In the light of stam­ped­ing Auck­land house prices and the con­se­quen­tial na­tion­wide rip­ple ef­fect, the mar­ket doesn’t look as if it’s go­ing to self-rec­tify any time soon.

Mean­while par­ents and their chil­dren get to camp in their cars. The long-term ef­fects of this ex­pe­ri­ence on young psy­che’s, so­cial­i­sa­tion and ed­u­ca­tion is hardly likely to be ben­e­fi­cial. –


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