HOUS­ING CRI­SIS

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The hous­ing land­scape has changed around us. The gen­eral pub­lic are clam­our­ing for an ef­fec­tive and se­ri­ous re­sponse to the hous­ing cri­sis. New Zealand needs a bet­ter and more sta­ble rental hous­ing mar­ket that de­liv­ers de­cent af­ford­able hous­ing, not mo­tel rooms.

Politi­cians need to look at set­ting up a state house pro­gramme now, as the need for af­ford­able hous­ing has never been greater.

Ac­cess to a home is a fun­da­men­tal right that should be avail­able to all. State hous­ing is a pub­lic good, as the next gen­er­a­tion will see rent­ing as their only op­tion.

The present gov­ern­ment will have to change its ide­o­log­i­cal po­si­tion about pro­vid­ing af­ford­able state hous­ing.

The pri­vate sec­tor will never be in a po­si­tion to meet the needs of an in­creas­ing num­ber of ten­ants seek­ing af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion.

While the pri­vate sec­tor con­trols the rental ac­com­mo­da­tion mar­ket, they dis­crim­i­nate against a num­ber of ten­ants – large fam­i­lies is one area; there are oth­ers. Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Ten­ants

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