Pimping the Poor in Christchurch, something fishy about this

I see Fairfax has taken to pimping the poor in Christchurch.

Welfare groups are helping a Christchurch mother and her three children move into a tent in a public park because they cannot find the family a home.

From today, Maori wardens will stand guard 24 hours a day to provide Nellie Hunt and her children some security at their tent in Waltham Park.

The family was served with a 90-day eviction notice in September when their landlord decided to sell their Waltham rental home.

Today is day 90.

Over the past three months the agencies set up to protect people in difficult situations have exhausted all options and say Hunt has “fallen through the gaps”.

Hunt said: “In all my days I did not think it would come to this. I don’t know what we are going to do.

“I just want a home for me and my three babies and I feel like I have failed them badly. It is the worst feeling in the world.” 

There are 1130 houses for rent in Christchurch on Trademe. She can’t find a home?

There is more to this story than meets the eye. I’ll bet she is a rubbish tenant, with a bad reputation.

In 2004, she handed her two daughters into Child, Youth and Family care when she realised she was an alcoholic.

She admitted herself into rehab and won her children back nine months later.

“I’m on my own and I’m working and I’m raising my babies and I’m trying to do everything right, but it’s not enough.”

There are 61 properties on Trademe for rent between $250 and $300 per week, and she can’t find one?

For the past eight months, she has worked full-time at a nearby bakery for minimum wage.

She receives $290 from Working For Families each week and a $100 accommodation supplement.

Two of her children’s estranged fathers pay child support, but only when they can.

Yeah, I’m calling bullshit on this. She gets $550 per week from her full time job, plus $290 WFF and an Accommodation supplement of $100…even without the child support from the dead beat dads (note there are multiple ones) she is bringing in $940 per week.

There must be way more to this than meets the eye.

 


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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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