When media and politicians pimp the poor they usually do two things.
They pick a poor example to suit their cause, but they get the headlines so they consider that a win. They also expose the alleged poor person and all their past.
That is what Phil Twyford has done in pimping the story of the Laurents of Hamilton.
They have moved house nine times in 10 years.
On one occasion, a landlord returned from overseas and moved back into the rental home. On the other occasions they’ve been forced to move because the Hamilton rentals they were living in were sold.
That’s nine times they’ve called the removal trucks, nine times they’ve packed up their lives into boxes and nine times they’ve hunted for a place to stay – in just 10 years.
Aucklanders have been buying into the Hamilton property market, making it difficult for Hamilton families such as Debbe Laurent, 47, Mark Laurent, 43, and their four children, to make the leap from renting to owning.
They’ve been trying to save for a home but Auckland’s raging property market, lending restrictions, property investors, rising house prices and a cut to the official cash rate (OCR) were factors working against them.
“This is our ninth place in 10 years because every single house has been sold out from under us,” said Mark Laurent.
“With the exception of one,” said Debbe Laurent.
They were in one house for less than six months before it was snapped up and have only been in their current dwelling since March.
“The house we were in before was put on the market at Christmas time, it was sold at the beginning of February and we were given six-weeks to move and there was nothing in the price range we could even consider to afford,” said Mark Laurent.
The Laurents’ four children need plenty of space at home. They also needed a place close to their children’s school to reduce the disruption.
So far so good, we have a good wah wah wah story for the media to push.
Phil Twyford and Sue Moroney from Labour did their part in pushing the story out there. Read more »