The Tribune (NZ) - - COVERSATIONS -

Hous­ing cri­sis de­niers can no longer pre­tend there is no prob­lem.

The Bol­ger govern­ment laid the foun­da­tions for the cri­sis with its hous­ing re­form poli­cies in the 1993, which saw sell­ing state houses that were never re­placed.

The hous­ing rental mar­ket which has boomed along with tax­pay­ers sub­sides to land­lord.

All that has been achieved is higher rents, which in turn made rents un­af­ford­able for many fam­i­lies.

Tax­pay­ers will con­tinue to pay the in­creased costs of higher rents,while prop­erty prices re­main in­flated.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties rein­vest their so­cial rents.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion sup­ple­ment paid to pri­vate land­lords has no such pub­lic good.

Leav­ing some­thing as ba­sic as hous­ing to the pri­vate mar­ket has not worked for those rent­ing their homes.

A state house build­ing pro­gramme for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions has to be con­sid­ered as there are more fam­i­lies locked out of the hous­ing mar­ket.

One day the hous­ing bub­ble will burst and ev­ery­one will be im­pacted by the mar­ket fail­ure of the hous­ing re­form poli­cies of the 1990s.

Home­less­ness and high rents should be ad­dressed now as we are con­demn­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to hous­ing poverty.

Kevin Reilly, Palmer­ston North


In­ter­est­ing com­ments made by C Sil­b­ley ( Tri­bune Septem­ber 7) about the men’s hos­tel clos­ing in Lock­hart Av­enue.

The com­ments made by the Sal­va­tion Army at the time were In­ter­est­ing too.

They don’t own the build­ings, so there are no main­te­nance costs.

All they have to do is pro­vide the in­ter­nal ser­vices to sup­port the res­i­dents.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Lynette Hut­son, Sal­va­tion Army na­tional man­ager of ad­dic­tion and sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vices, stated in the na­tional press on July 24 ‘‘part of the rea­son for change was that money avail­able to pro­vide sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion was woe­fully in­ad­e­quate’’.

Now that’s from an or­gan­i­sa­tion with a non-tax­able profit of $40,195 mil­lion for the fi­nan­cial year end­ing June 2015.

‘‘So do­ing the things we do’’ is quite prof­itable, but home­less


I was thrilled to so the pro­posal for a High Ropes Course is mak­ing progress, al­beit slowly, against the ‘‘don’t want it,’’ bri­gade.

Take a trip to Adrenalin Park, near the Po­lice Col­lege, and see one in ac­tion – and it is not noisy.

If you want ‘‘peace and quiet’’ go and sit in the lovely Square.

Think back to when time and money were wasted on pro­tracted con­sents and abortive plan­ning on at least two bridges and wind farms.

Now we are get­ting a ‘‘Toy Bridge.’’

Oh dear! Wairoa and Wan­ganui have bridges to spare!

I have been in Palmer­ston North 51 years and like it here BUT we could do much bet­ter with more ac­count­abil­ity and courage.

Tim Brown, Palmer­ston North


The Tri­bune wel­comes let­ters. They should not ex­ceed 250 words and must carry a gen­uine name, home ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber. Let­ters may be edited, abridged or omit­ted with­out ex­pla­na­tion. They can be emailed to tri­bune@msl.co.nz or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

Artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed high ropes course on the Rail­way Land

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