At least they can watch Sky while they shiver

NZ Herald

The Herald is still on their pimping poverty crusade today. This time featuring a South Auckland family that apparently is freezing in their little box the evil government provides them with.

Every winter, Taleni Lafo has to take her two young children to hospital because they become sick from the cold.

Her family live in a small wooden Housing New Zealand home in Papakura, built in 1989. And even with the four of them – Mrs Lafo, her husband Pio and her children Rachel, 3, and TJ, 2 – all in one room huddled under a blanket, they’re still cold.

“In winter, it gets freezing. It’s so cold and we try to do what we can,” Mrs Lafo said.

Their home is not properly insulated and they don’t have an economical heating source, according to an environmental consultant who visited their home.

The house has carpet only in the living room to cover the hard wood floors.

Mr and Mrs Lafo budgeted for months so they could afford to pay $60 for the scrap of second-hand carpet.

“I wanted somewhere for my children to play so they didn’t have to play on the cold ground,” Mrs Lafo said.

Uneconomical heating source, budgeted for months to afford a $60 square of second carpet…but a Sky dish on the roof…did they think to do without Sky for a couple of months? Or maybe not getting those arm tattoos?

Or perhaps did they think that if they were going to pose for a photographer complaining about the freezing cold they would at least put on a jersey instead of standing there all stiff nipples in a  freakin’ t-shirt.

Why don’t the jounalists ask for full details of the household budget before running off and crying about poverty.


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