Simon Collins returns to pimping the poor.
Case 1 – the brown poor…who apparently have to live in cars.
Serial breeders moaning about living in ac ar Photo/ NZ Herald
The Tuuu family – mum, dad and their six children – have been living in a van for a week because they cannot find a house.
Two of their young children have become sick, and the baby, Maua, has developed a cough.
“It’s very cold at night,” Vaiopa’a Tuuu said. “I’m just so worried. I worry about my kids.”
Tamasailau Tuuu, his wife and their children, aged from 15 to 3-months-old, were doubling up with another couple and their three children in a three-bedroom house after their landlord sold their own rented home in Clendon, South Auckland, two months ago. But their friends asked them to move out.
“She was worried about her tenancy, and the neighbours were complaining about my baby crying at night, and the house was overcrowded and her kids needed their own privacy,” Mrs Tuuu explained.
Mr Tuuu works fulltime at the Zeagold chicken farm in Takanini, but is classed as a casual labourer so his net pay fluctuates between $800 and just $500 a fortnight.
Even with $512 a week in family tax credits and accommodation supplement, that is not enough to pay for a private rental. Average rents in Manurewa have risen in the past year from $382 to $408 a week for a three-bedroom house, and from $436 to $457 for four bedrooms.
So the family applied to Work and Income for social housing and were placed on the waiting list on September 9. Almost a month later, they are still waiting.
and Case 2 – the white poor…who are “trapped and paying half income in rent”:
Waterview couple Iain and Bianca Davies feel trapped in a rented house that chews up almost half of their net income.
They earn $960 a week, including family tax credits for their three children plus an accommodation supplement.
They pay $450 in rent for their four-bedroom home, and count themselves lucky because their landlord has not raised their rent for four years. They even manage to save about $50 a week. But they say the only way they will ever be able to buy their own home is to move out of Auckland.
“The problem is you can only have $16,200 in cash assets to get the accommodation supplement, and that threshold hasn’t changed for years,” said Mr Davies, 31, who helps families with housing problems every day in his work as budget advice manager for CARE Waitakere.
“As soon as you go over that you don’t get an accommodation supplement, so that’s a real poverty trap. You obviously need more than that to buy a house.
If we couldn’t get the accommodation supplement, we’d have to move out of Auckland, or I’d have to work more, or Bianca would have to work.”
Mrs Davies, 36, home-schools their eldest daughter Anwen, 5, and plans to do the same for the two younger ones, Ecclesia, 2, and 1-year-old Floriss.
They buy their food from a local organic food co-operative and “pretty much don’t spend money on extras”. Mrs Davies cuts her own hair and the children’s hair.
“We are fully aware that to buy a house in Auckland you need to be on a double income and earning at least $100,000, so for us it’s not a reality. It will be down the track, up north somewhere, where house prices are just dramatically less.”
I’m becoming increasingly …hmmm, (whats a good word for it?) incensed, infuriated, exasperated!, flabbergasted! ….WHY are people soooo THICK? Read more »