HOUSING SHAMBLES A POLICY FAILURE
There is a sense that the government’s housing policies have ‘‘failed’’ in the eyes of the general public.
There is no doubt that their housing policies have caused the shambles that we are witnessing on a daily basis. Homelessness and the downsizing of state housing along with the continued selling of state houses has seen the public clamouring for an effective and serious response to this national disaster. Decent ,affordable rental housing is needed now, but it will take a generation or more before many New Zealanders will have a place to call home.
At present all we get are politicianswho manufacture excuses and pass the buck. Few of them are willing to confront the real issue – that we have to build more state housing for future generations.
There is no disputing that the government is on the ropes with its failure to deliver social justice to all New Zealanders.
It has to change its ideologically-driven housing policies, or maybe it’s time for a change of government.
The need to rebuild state housing has never been greater; only then can we again say that we are a fair and just society where people matter. This is can be done. All it requires is the political will to change direction and deliver fairness for all who live in this country.
Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Tenants Union