The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

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

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