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