HOUSING GO ROUND
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
HIGH HOPES FOR ROPES
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
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Artist’s impression of the proposed high ropes course on the Railway Land