Chch family have “nowhere to go” yet can afford cellphones, booze and smokes

Further to my earlier post….What’s worse is that yesterday she was the author of the investigation that said there was no housing crisis.

Is there a housing crisis in Christchurch? The Press examined statistics, attended open homes and spoke to experts and members of the public. Anna Turner reports.

So a day later, with her investigation not yielding the result she wanted, she’s back interviewing the squeaky wheels…and speaking of those squeaky wheels.

I thought a revisit was in order…so picking up from commenters on the earlier post we have identified the following from just one picture of the low income family with 5 kids.

Low income nowhere to go

The bloke is wearing a tee-shirt that reads “Crack A Woody Honey!” which is an ad for Woodstock Bourbon and Cola – and funnily enough sitting next to him is a glass of something that looks a lot like the product on his shirt. 

The young child on the couch seems to be playing with a cell phone, and on the TV there is a bottle of Zippo lighter fuel – generally used by smokers to refuel their not so cheap Zippo lighters.

Beside that there is what appears to be a remote control helicopter – I’m sure the girls love playing with that (sarcasm) and then on top of the TV there appears to be some sort of console.. .you can see the audio and video wires going in the back of it.

I’m not saying these people are well off, but perhaps the definition of poverty’s a bit different now.

And if you have 5 kids under 18 (there’s apparently a sixth child too) then the Working For Families payout is substantial.

As I said earlier, what seems to be buried well down the story is a more rational reason for this family’s difficulties…

The couple had been hunting for a rental but were “always turned away”, they said.

They admitted having a poor credit rating and McIlroy had criminal convictions.

Perhaps “decent journalists trained and skilled” would look at these sorts of details….especially his rubbish explanation of being the only scaffolder in Christchurch who can’t seem to find a job.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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