FROM THE EDITOR
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. –