Maryan Street pimps the poor: “All I want is a house in Nelson”

sdfsddfsdA solo mum with 5 kids under 10 can’t find anywhere to live in Nelson.  So ex-housing Minister and scum list MP Maryan Street sees an opportunity to score some cheap pimping points.

A Nelson mother of five children aged under 10 has five days to find her family a new home, after Housing New Zealand could not find her a large enough house in Nelson.

The solo mother and her children, aged 9 to 2, have been living in a leaky garage at her sister’s place for six months, but have to move out as her sister is shifting.

They shifted to Nelson to escape a violent ex-partner, and the woman does not want to be named for fear he will track her down. All she wants, she says, is a better future for her children.

The 33-year-old said she had worked with Housing NZ for 10 weeks after she failed to find a rental home in the competitive Nelson market. She said landlords did not even return her phone calls.

“All I want is a house in Nelson. It could have one room, two rooms or three rooms. As long as we’ve got a house, I don’t care.

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Apparently, housing New Zealand did offer her a house in Blenheim.  But guess what?  She doesn’t want to live there.  She’s moved to Nelson, and is already so settled in after a few weeks, she can’t stand the idea of uprooting her children and her extensive social connections she has made while she’s been there.

Housing NZ offered her a four-bedroom house in Blenheim, but the woman does not drive and has no other way of getting there.

She also wants to remain in Nelson because her children, after numerous moves, are settled and she wants them to remain at the same school.

[Nelson MP and Housing Minister Nick Smith] said the woman’s case was concerning but he wanted to investigate it before commenting further.

He said demand for housing in Nelson was particularly tight, with 1500 to 2000 people moving to the region from Christchurch. There were also a lot of seasonal workers here at this time of the year.

Dr Smith said Housing NZ throughout the country had a shortage of smaller and larger homes, which was a challenge he was working on. He understood that the woman wanted to remain in Nelson for the sake of her children, but in her circumstances the Blenheim house was not unreasonable.

Since when do we have people who have no income, no job and no prospects tell a government agency that they will not accept a home in Blenheim, when they’ve moved to Nelson less than a year ago, and are now so “settled”, that they can’t possibly move?

Oh, and by the way?  How many 33 year olds with 5 kids under 10 that has a sister in Nelson who escaped an abusive relationship can there be?  Well done Nelson Mail and Maryan Street.  There is no way at all that the abusive partner can figure this out.


Source:  Nelson Mail

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