The tourists are back in bigger numbers than ever but behind the beauty, boutiques and big business, hardworking Kiwis live in cars and tents. Sunday’s Conor Whitten meets the faces of Queenstown’s housing crisis – with good jobs, good incomes and nowhere to call home.
Every. Single. Year. it’s the same bloody story.
Queenstown is so expensive and elite that it can’t house the workers those elite require and that even in Queenstown, the entire town is reliant on the low wage economy!
If Queenstown – rich, snobby, elite Queenstown can’t build houses for their crucial workforce, doesn’t that highlight how warped the market has become?
If Queenstown – rich, snobby, elite Queenstown is reliant on the low wage economy, doesn’t it highlight the addiction throughout the country?
If Queenstown – rich, snobby, elite Queenstown is endlessly trapped in this cycle, what hope for the rest of the country?
Queenstown has become a symbol of just how weak our social infrastructure reliant on free market myths has become.
Meanwhile, 24 717 people languish on the social housing waiting list and 600 000 Kiwis use Food Banks every single month.
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