A “tsunami” of homelessness has ripped through Tauranga – RNZ

We’ve run out of words to describe things sensibly.  In the effort to grab attention, everything gets ratcheted up to the point of absurdity.  The housing crisis isn’t a crisis any more.  Labour want it to be a State of Emergency.

And so we get to Tauranga, where homelessness is now so bad, there has been a ‘tsunami’ of it.

So that has to be pretty bad.  Imagine it, if you like.  And while you have that picture in mind, please consider some recent tsunamis:

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On that basis, a ‘tsunami’ of homelessness in Tauranga conjures up a disaster of proportions not seen in this country, even if you allow for it to happen to a relatively smaller city.

From Checkpoint, Wednesday 31 August 2016

A “tsunami” of homelessness has ripped through Tauranga, with more than 30 families seeking emergency accommodation each week, social agencies say.

Ngati Ranginui Iwi Society CEO Steph O’Sullivan said homelessness in the Bay of Plenty was a growing, significant issue. The number of homeless seeking help was more than social agencies in the region had ever seen before.

“I wonder how many people out there are going to be staggered by this and the revelation of the issue here, because the good news story of regional economic growth is fantastic, but not everyone is sharing in that story,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

“People automatically I think assume sometimes there’s drug and alcohol issues, or such issues, but in fact some of them are working. So they’re going off to their job every day and going back to live in their car at night.

“Women [are] living in cars with their children who have got brain injuries, behavioural issues and are trying to get them off to school every morning, trying to deal with beneficiary type issues… wicked, systemic issues. [Homelessness] is alive and well here.”

One school principal estimated 10 percent of the children at her school were living transient lives, in which they had no fixed abode.

About 30 families were being referred to emergency accommodation, including motels, each week, Ms O’Sullivan said.

30 families are referred to emergency accommodation.


If there is a feeling that nobody cares, then part of the problem is that this has been totally over-hyped for political reasons.


– RNZ, your taxes at work

  • Keeping Stock

    Once again, the Media Party is guilty of (put these words in their correct order) pudding over-egging the.

  • Second time around

    From the article it seems that the majority of the 30 families have “problems”. That is what we would expect. I am more surprised that the number of families having difficulty with accommodation is so few considering the economic boom and ready employment in the area and the exodus from Auckland (or is that a myth too?).

    • R&BAvenger

      The ‘problems’ most probably are self-inflicted, one suspects. Yes cynical but the barrage of hysteria just makes you like that, as does the lack of in depth fact checking.

  • Korau

    We are suffering a perfect storm of tsunamis leading to the mother of all political headaches.

    Seriously, who writes this rubbish. And more importantly, who believes the ever mounting hysteria?

  • Joe Banana

    Maybe this is the same journalist who stated the Maori population went through a Holocast caused by European settlers in the 19th century.

  • WBC

    “Women [are] living in cars with their children who have got brain injuries”

    What?! Wait on! There is a story right there! Why is it being ignored so that the current housing hitjob can continue?

    I want to know why these women have children with brain injuries! Is it really true that nobody in our entire 4th estate has wondered?! What is the cause? Is it possible that the cause of homelessness as just maybe something else then not being able to pay the government subsidised rent? Do our media even remember the dream they had of being Clark Kent?!

    Sorry, I know that a mix of question and exclamation marks is one step from the three exclamation marks of insanity but I think in this case it is demanded.

    Edit – Spelling. OTT grammar left in on purpose.

    • johcar

      Exaggeration at work. ONE woman is living in a car with ONE child who has a brain injury.

      Which is one too many.

      But please, MSM, tell the truth: state the facts and provide some background information to support the story.

      Otherwise, that’s all it is: a story.

      The MSM: “We never let the facts get in the way of a good story, especially if the investigative part is going to delay a headline/scoop.” !!

      • johnandali

        Once upon a time, most women with children, with very few exceptions, were married, and had husbands. The husband was always referred to as the “bread-winner”, and very few mothers were in the labour force. The government of the day recognised that a small number of women were solo-parents, mainly due to marital break-ups or premature deaths of their husbands, and they started up a benefit called “The Domestic Services Benefit”, so these women could at least survive. And when certain other people heard about this benefit, and that the rules for receiving it were full of holes, it didn’t take long for it to become a life-style for many, many thousands.

  • Wheninrome

    What were the newspaper headlines back in the early 1980’s the boom share time with huge (dare I say it tsunamis of) numbers of startup companies with massive share hikes that later turned to dust, was there any mention of the homeless then, or was the media more interested in the excitement and champagne being drunk. I do recall the salvation army making some mention of food parcels . I have a very strong feeling that the homeless have always been amongst us, family helped way back, so where are whanau now cause for some reason I feel whanau are in the background and could or should be the first port of call today.

    • johnandali

      If (heaven forbid) we end up with a Labour coalition at the next election, the media will place a very strict taboo on any journalist writing any article on homelessness, poverty, increasing crime rates, hospital waiting times, education failures and lack of policing. Yet every single day, our media overflows with such articles. Once the left-wing get their own government, it will be a government that can do no wrong. The word “corruption” comes to mind.

  • Phenandra

    In a media world where any sportsman at representative level is always a hero, what else can we expect?

  • Keeping Stock

    Just in case anyone is confused, this is what an ACTUAL tsunami looks like; one that actually kills people, and leaves survivors genuinely homeless.

    I for one am getting heartily sick of the Media Party’s hyperbole, doubtless encouraged by the press secretaries/staff of a small number of Labour and Green MP’s. What was once a respected profession is doing itself no favours with its over-the-top coverage and clear political bias.


  • sandalwood789

    “A tsunami of homelessness in Tauranga.” Utter rubbish.

    The only “tsunami” in New Zealand is the continual tsunami of hyperbole and nonsense coming from the MSM.

  • jimknowsall

    Some serious hyperbole there. I’d also take issue with the definition of homelessness that seems now to include being a motel. Rather less serious than sleeping rough on the street, which is what the term conjures in most people’s minds.

    • Sagacious Blonde

      Caravans, camper vans; even moving in with relatives until a home is found, is now homelessness.
      When I was a child, most families had a Grandma/pa, great aunt, or such, who spent time moving around relatives, roughly six weeks at a time. It wasn’t the Governments problem to put a roof over their head; families took care of their own and would have been ashamed to not do so.

      • Nyla

        same here … families looked after our own … we all have or had hard times at some stage of our lives … we didnt expect any special handout or gov attention

  • Ben

    When this one wears out we will be into a “holocaust of homelessness.” Not sure what comes after that.

    • Aucky

      How about ‘Cataclysmic Clickbaiting’?

      The Herald is really starting to excel in this area with a multitude of outrageous headlines that resemble the front cover of one of their awful womens’ glossies.

      • taurangaruru

        Confession time: I got sucked in by the sex toy testers article which appears to have been lifted directly from an Australian source as the reference to a recent television programme is clearly in Australia. Another 5 minutes of my life that I will never see again.

  • R&BAvenger

    This headline again headlines the problem with the MSM worldwide. Over hyping an issue to the point where most sensible people simply do not believe it, or bother taking the time to read it.

    I think it just underlines the lack or trust and respect for the MSM that the public has, particularly with the thin level of questioning of people supposedly affected by ‘homelesssness, a term that has become corrupted by a broad interpretation, when it used to simply mean people who has no fixed abode or now home of their own or rented to live in.

    Come on FREED!!!

  • Greg M

    I thought Tauranga had a surplus of state houses ? If so, could it be possible the tsunami of 30 have been booted out for the usual reasons ?

  • MisplacedKiwi

    The definition of homeless is so wide ranging that we fall into it. We are renovating an old church into a home, we have no kitchen or bathroom until we build them, so we are homeless!……

    • Keeping Stock

      The definition also includes people who are in “inadequate”: housing MK. I live in a lovely $500k-plus home. But I long to live in a multi-million dollar mansion, even though that would be completely unaffordable. Does that make me homeless because I regard my current living situation as “inadequate”?

      • waldopepper

        i guess if you can “identify yourself as a woman” now despite being a man, then there is nothing to stop you “identifying as homeless’ either. with all this “identify as” nonsense, statistics can never again be trusted or relied on unfortunately.

  • CheesyEarWax

    Lets assume there are 5 members in each family, that equates to 0.13% of Tauranga population. Hardly a drop in the ocean (pun intended).

  • Gaynor

    If someone has wrecked their private rental, or been taken to the TT for unpaid rent….or left someones house contaminated with “P” or more likely all of the above and perhaps even done the same in a State House…..Does anyone have any sort of responsibility to provide them with a home?

  • Mike

    So it’s that the same 30 families seeking assistance or 30 new families each week? The article isn’t very clear on that point.

    • Larry

      Or whether the Social Agencies were able to help.

    • Barnacles2

      Or were those 30 previously housed in Tauranga, and if so, what has changed in their situation. If they are new arrivals to Tauranga then that is a good sign of growth with 30 families a week moving there.

  • waldopepper

    has anyone, other than the msm and labour gazing longingly into each others eyes, seen these hordes of homeless ? i travel all over auckland. dont see people living in their cars anywhere frankly. and from what i can gather, the one or two that were discovered on a salvation army night out, said no thanks we dont want any help. hardly a crisis or anything resembling one.

    the msm is just a mills and boon novel now. made up emotive nonsense.

    • Luke Lucas

      Actually you just insulted Mills & Boon novels

  • XCIA

    If you watched the video clip on yesterdays Backchat, you will realise that it is relatively easy to influence people. This is what our Aussie owned MSM is trying to do to us in a tawdry attempt to bring us down to their level. By the sheer repetition of John Key = Bad, Andrew Little = Good with words like poverty, homelessness, crime and child abuse thrown in, they hope that we will end up voting a grand coalition to the Treasury Benches that will bring our country down to the political level of theirs.

  • Minnie Mouse

    There’s also a ‘tsunami’ of drug abuse in the Bay as well – the number of p users springs to mind. Wondering if there’s a correlation?

  • Bob Dazzler

    Have to agree with “Gaynor”. If they don’t/won’t pay their rent,or they trash your place or do P, let the Labour losers house them in their own home. No, No they cried not allowed to put he boot on the other foot.

  • MaryLou

    I don’t know where you find the time to burrow long enough to find these articles. I ocassionally take a peep “over there”, but after seeing “Palm Springs on Aucklands Doorstep”, “Womens Holiday Photo Freaks Out The Internet’ and “Simple Test To See If You’re Racist” as the headlines of the day, it’s clear I’m not on a news site.