Len Brown will make you even sicker

via cathnews.co.nz

via cathnews.co.nz

“Household crowding a health risk”, quotes NZ Herald from a study:

Cold and damp conditions are adding to health problems faced by residents of overcrowded homes, an Auckland budgeting adviser says.

An Otago University study released today shows one in 10 hospital admissions for infectious diseases, including pneumonia, meningococcal disease and tuberculosis, were the result of overcrowded housing.

Darryl Evans, the head of Mangere Budgeting Services, says health problems included other respiratory illnesses.

He said said he had nine cases this year in which he’d helped clients move out of garages or overcrowded housing into better state houses or private rentals.

“In almost every case somebody in the household, whether it’s the children or the adults is suffering from really bad chest infections,” he said.

“Overcrowding has been a major issue for people – we are consistently seeing children present with respiratory infections, chest infections and asthma.

NZ Herald article is proof that Auckland’s soaring house prices are pushing people into sharing accommodation leading to a significant increase in disease.Len Brown wants a more compact city. But he hasn’t considered for a second what are the consequences. There is no analysis from Auckland Council on risks associated with disease and infection caused by crowding people.

Increased rates of infection are in part segregated to lower socioeconomic areas where homes are in poor quality although that is also a where all the crowding is occurring. So it is perhaps a combination of factors – crowding, low quality homes and wealth.

What this could be pointing towards is the rise of slums. Deteriorating housing stock, owned predominantly by slum-lord investors is a feature of those areas of Auckland. Whilst residential investment property should be subject to building Warrant of Fitness standards and inspections that alone will not resolve over-crowding or rates of disease.

Getting rid of overcrowding is the most likely solution to ease pressure. More new affordable housing. Rather than intensive compact jammed in slums that will happen if Len’s compact city is allowed.


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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.

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