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Friday, March 28, 2008

High rents force people into sheds

High rents force people into sheds
The cost of rent is causing chronic overcrowding in Christchurch, forcing people to pack themselves into houses, garages and even garden sheds. Latest figures from the Ministry of Social Development show the total number of people living in crowded conditions in the city increased more than 4000, to 22,000, between 2001 and 2006. The ministry says a house is counted as being crowded if it requires one or more extra bedrooms for those living there. There was also an increase in crowded housing in the Ashburton, Queenstown Lakes and Dunedin areas.

This news comes on the heels of a very arrogant Bob Parker, whom I‘m fast disliking, sneering at Council Tenants that they’ve had it good on the pigs back for too long and they now have to pay a 24% increased rent. These pig back riders average 75 years of age, most have chronic health issues and are alone, these are some of the most vulnerable and to see Bob sneering at them made me ill, as much as the middle classes are feeling consumer depression, there are a lot of NZers beneath their economic level whom have been struggling for some time, ask anyone running a foodbank. John Key discovered the underclass, but apparently after being swept under the carpet we’ve forgotten about them again, I’m guessing the next reminder of these lives of poverty will be the death of some innocent infant, but we’ll be too angry then to do anything more than scream for punishment.


At 28/3/08 11:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the article goes on...

"Large families of immigrants with little money also ran into problems.

"When there are cross-generational families, that is when the real problems arise," Gatonyi said.

She said the tight conditions also led to increased stress, which could be a trigger for domestic violence.

"The solution is not more housing; it is about making housing more accessible and affordable," Gatonyi said.

"It's also about the complex issues involved with these people like disengagement and being disenfranchised."

City Missioner Michael Gorman said the number of people going to the City Mission suffering from cramped housing was on the increase."



At 28/3/08 3:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps these large families of immigrants could think about not coming to NZ with our terrible housing situation. At the very least they could start contemplating using contraception like the rest of us so that they aren't bringing a whole stack of children into the world that they can't provide the necessities of life for.

At 29/3/08 10:56 pm, Blogger peterquixote said...

Christchurch dudes,
Since Mayor Bob Parker we got

New $130 million offices, especially for Bob costs directed to next generation.We pay 16% rental of $50 million to Ngai Tahu forever

New bus stop $50 million.

Bob go to china he feel bad about Tibet but he got this pretty wife to travel

Rubbish bins payable both by rates and direct charge

Fuck them poor people let them pay market ratchet rental

More later dudes

At 30/3/08 5:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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