This is very personal to me as it affects two very dear friends of mine who are being evicted from their state house were they have lived in peace for 18 years because this government has an ideology of pushing people who have very little into the private sector (or onto the street if they cab’t pay) and is making money from the selling of state houses
I know Vladimir and Tatyana well. They are both people who have given a huge amount back into their community and this is how they are being treated.
They have treated the place they live with the care they would to their own house; they fall below the income threshold for social housing; they pay near-market rates and have even (when they both had full-time work) offered to buy the property (which is ‘not for sale’ because ‘it is state housing’)
Traditionally in this country social housing has provided the ONLY security of tenure for people who cannot buy their own house (and now that includes just about everybody) – the private sector has always been highly-exploitative and there is no security in terms of either tenure nor rent levels.
Now the government is entering the same game.
All this is par for the course under this fascist government that will cut every corner when it comes to people's welfare but think nothing of spending millions on a flag referendum or bribing a Saudi businessman.
If you go to the original article the bulk of the letters make for depressing reading and it has the ring of an organised campaign of trolls.
Seatoun Housing New Zealand tenants lose home of 18 years