All the government’s chickens have come home to roost in Fenton Street, Rotorua.
TVNZ has reported what can only be described as a scandal of epic proportions. The shear scale of the social and economic disaster Labour has created for low-come tenants and families across Aotearoa has to be lived to be believed. But it has only to be seen by the middle class to know we are in the centre of a government policy disaster.
Anyone with the slightest sense of compassion can only be appalled at this unfolding disaster.
After FIVE YEARS of Labour:
- Why has Labour allowed the state house waiting list to INCREASE FIVE FOLD (from 5,000 in late 2017 to over 26,000 in 2022) with no effective policy response?
- Why does Labour still think it’s OK to produce just 1,100 net new state houses per year for a state house waiting list of over 26,000?
- Why are the number of children living in grotty motels STILL INCREASING?
- Why is the number of children living in cars STILL INCREASING?
- Why are the number of children in tents STILL INCREASING?
- Why is Labour still ONLY FUNDING 1600 new IRRS places (for state house and social housing providers combined) each year for the more than 26,000 families on the state house waiting list?
- Why does Labour still think it’s OK to keep the proportion of state house at just 3.6% of total housing stock when it was 5.4% in 1990?
- Why have Labour MPs not DEMANDED an industrial-scale state house building programme such as the first Labour government did in the 1930s? (Labour then built 3,500 state houses each year – equivalent to 10,000 today on a population basis)
- Why has Labour’s TOTAL FOCUS been on housing for the children of the middle class while low-income tenants and families live in a kind of “rolling hell” in the likes of Fenton Street?
And perhaps most importantly, why have Labour MPs not DEMANDED the resignation of the hapless Housing Minister Megan Woods?
After FIVE YEARS of Labour we have gone from housing crisis to housing catastrophe (Salvation Army description) for those on low-incomes and the unbelievable awfulness of what’s happening in Fenton Street, Rotorua is the inevitable outcome.