Paula Bennett is well practised at political conniving as she demonstrated last week with her snide comment that the National Party had not spoken to Jami-Lee Ross about sexual harassment allegations but that
“What was put to him was inappropriate behaviour that is unacceptable from a married Member of Parliament.”
Despite claiming National was concerned about Jami-Lee Ross’s mental health she did her best to exacerbate it in revealing aspects of his private life.
She won’t be aware, and neither will she care (unless it negatively impacts on her politically) about the vast sea of misery she created with her snide denigration of state house tenants with the HNZ evictions she presided over as Associate Housing Minister and then Minister of Social Housing.
Here is a report from just one mother who has given permission for it to be used without identifying details. She says she has never used meth but got caught between profit-hungry thieves in the meth industry and a government determined to scapegoat tenants for the housing crisis and use it to push privatisation of state houses.
My son has ongoing health issues and if you look in to the notes, every time he was at my house he got a sore throat, 9 years before my eviction I asked repeatedly for housing to do something, investigate why…with no action taken.
He is $20,000 dollars in debt for vehicles because he needed them to come and rescue me at times.
He suffers anxiety attacks, stomach problems and the treatment specialist puts it down to this situation.
My daughter, she suffered trauma (through the eviction) from HNZ. She struggles and I am not able to see her or my grandson as she needs counselling and time to heal. It was her 21st birthday last weekend. I was not invited.
She says I fucked up and lost my home, couldn’t put a roof over her head when she was pregnant at 17. She slept on the floor on a foam squab, homeless also.
While I went among 28 (places) motels, couches, garages and even a schoolgrounds with cardboard boxes over me for shelter from rain, wandered the streets of Mt Roskill and my teenage daughter did the same and was raped. The suburb where I was born, in a state home in 197_…
When I read that HNZ report I was just floored when I saw how HNZ fucked me over.
One other thing, though my house tested positive and I was told it was uninhabitable, it was rented to others. I was told “THIS HOUSE IS NOT CONTAMINATED” from the man HNZ paid to go and do a bit of work in the lounge.
The next day when I went to try and talk to this man again, he would not talk to me or let me in the house as he had the day before. Obviously he had been told not to talk to me or let me in the house again.
HNZ are in gross negligence of not only my human rights but Housing Section 45.
This is just one of the horrendous stories of human abuse at the hands of Bennett and National.
She refused to apologise to tenants her government brutalised such as the woman above when the meth-testing fiasco hit the headlines.
Paula Bennett is surely one of the most unlovely people ever to enter parliament.