I’m sick of reading so called news stories about 30-somethings who have managed to buy their own house.
Good for them, but the exceptions to the rule bragging about success doesn’t motivate the vast majority who are finding it so difficult to find a house to rent let alone buy.
I’m equally sick of hearing people trying to turn the housing crisis into a generation war. The main difference between Baby Boomers and Millennials isn’t cultural, they are economic.
It’s not because Millennials are spoilt wanting fancy coffees and city living excitement any more than its greedy smug boomers who have lifted the ladder up behind them, the enemy is the free market extremes that forgot the past to betray the present while ignoring the future.
We need Government that uses its powers to rebalance the extremes of free market capitalism, and we need politicians who aren’t frightened to say words like free market capitalism.
I’m sick of blaming everyone else for the housing crisis, I want solutions and I want them now. There are families in South Auckland that desperately need to see real hope that matches their grim realities, not ‘we bought 5 properties by the age of 35, aren’t we neat’ stories. These types need to keep their stories to themselves and understand the desperation particularly in our area Manukau, South Auckland.
The solutions cannot be our communities taking the responsibilities of government. As fantastic a job as Te Puea Marae did last winter in terms of looking after the homeless they surely should not have to replicate it again this year should they? I mean what has our country come to when we had marae like Te Puea stepping up, who had no financial assistance at the beginning from the government or their Tainui tribe performing essentially what the government is meant to do, that is to house and look after people.
It is an indictment on our society that we have allowed things to go this far and it will be a further indictment if people just start accepting that this should be normal practice. The state and the government who ever that government is have a responsibility to look after our basic needs in life and having a roof over our heads is surely one of these needs.
Obviously we need thousands of affordable houses that are for first time home buyers only, not speculators and not those trying to make a quick buck. Beyond that, we all have an obligation to ensure we demand our political leaders are serious about making the housing crisis a priority of anyone fortunate enough to form the next Government.
We can solve the housing crisis, it just takes determination and political leaders prepared to fight for it.
First printed in the Manukau Courier