Three families living in a 3 bedroom house is a recipe for infection and having to spend half your wages on your rent is a formula for widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
I watched the report below this morning regarding the rent and housing issues in Porirua on TVNZ .
Shamubeel Eaqub’s analysis that in 30 years’ time social housing in the suburb will cost the Government $1.5 billion was ( if you excuse the pun) on the money.
“We should be using this $1.5 billion today to house people better,” he told Breakfast today.
“And that includes everything, from building more state houses. But we’re not going to build enough.”
“Our plan to build state houses in the next four to five years is half of the current wait list. We’re planning to fail.”
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.