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I see recently there has been debate around why South Islanders living close to power generators shouldn’t pay the same lines prices for power as say those in Auckland. On first reading this sounds logical. But, there is a catch. By socialising the cost of transmission equally across the country we have a level of fairness that in other areas of society is accepted without complaint. For example, the huge costs of the Christchurch earthquake have been in part born by all New Zealanders and rightly so. No one has complained about that.
Let’s take it to another level. If we are to have user pays where does it end? Why should people who have worked hard and only had the kids they can afford subsidise the life choices of those on lower incomes who have more kids than they can afford? People who end up being subsidised by the state through various mechanisms are being paid for by those who make different choices. I can hear the social outrage from here. But it is the same argument as being applied to electricity transmission costs.
It seems to me that as a society we have accepted that those of us who earn enough to pay taxes and raise families are reasonably ok with supporting those less fortunate as part of a caring society. As much as there is and should be more debated about unreasonable life choices made by some people and a sense of entitleitis.
On another level what are all the other cross subsidies that occur across the country for example, in roading, bridges the Super Gold Card etc. We all remember the bridges promised to Northland for the failed bi-election. Would the funding for these have been proportional to the level of goods, services and taxation coming out of Northland? I would suspect that if a cost benefit analysis of economic activity, earning and taxes versus benefits and other social services paid by the state was done Northland may well be a drain on the national economy. Read more »
Homeless people could be offered up to $5000 to leave Auckland and resettle in a state house in the provinces, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed.
The policy was put together in the last few days and was announced this afternoon as the Government goes into damage control over its handling of housing problems in New Zealand.
Ms Bennett told reporters at Parliament this afternoon that up to 150 families could be relocated to state houses or possibly private rentals through the policy.
“I would say to those that are homeless that there is a chance that they could get a house in days if they were willing to look outside of Auckland.”
The minister said that the maximum $5000 grant was mostly targeted at people who were already in state houses, but homeless could also get access to financial assistance “if that is what is needed”.
Huntly, Ngaurawahia, Hamilton, Whanganui, Gisborne all had vacant state houses available. Any relocation would be strictly voluntary, Ms Bennett said.
If the point is to take pressure off in Auckland, why not offer $5000 to anyone that is currently renting willing to relocate? Or is it just a matter to clean up some unsightly homeless so the stats look better? Read more »