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The ren­tal hous­ing sit­u­a­tion on Wai­heke has changed dra­mat­i­cally over the past few years.

Sin­gle par­ents used to be able to af­ford to rent a whole house, but now a par­ent and child of­ten live in a one room sleep­out. Or fam­i­lies share a house with flat­mates or with other fam­i­lies.

Some­times I knock on the door of a di­lap­i­dated shack, think­ing I must have the wrong place, no one could live there. And then an or­di­nary look­ing per­son opens the door.

Ob­vi­ously, we’re blessed to live in par­adise. But many stu­dents, fam­i­lies and older peo­ple strug­gle to sur­vive here. And the strug­gle gets harder as ren­tal prices in­crease mas­sively ev­ery year.

That’s why I’ve de­cided to sleep rough in the Wai­heke House­athon this Satur­day to raise money for Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Trust to pro­vide af­ford­able ren­tal houses.

If you want to spon­sor me, call into our of­fice above the phar­macy in Oneroa or do­nate to the trust’s BNZ ac­count 02 0108 0367509 000.

- Rose.

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