This woman’s attitude makes me sick

You owe me a state house…that is the basic premise of this bludger.

A Hastings mother has rejected an “unsafe” property offered to her by Housing New Zealand, after Hawke’s Bay Today drew attention to her 15-week wait for housing.

Louise Hutchinson currently lives in a motel unit with her two teenage children. She has been on the “A” priority waiting list for a state house for 15 weeks.

After Hawke’s Bay Today ran a story about Ms Hutchinson’s situation in Saturday’s edition, she received a text from Housing NZ.

“All of a sudden, I received a text on Tuesday – I believe they responded because of the newspaper article.”

Housing NZ told Ms Hutchinson she could view a vacant house on Manuka St, Mahora, and “move in tomorrow”.

However, after inspecting the property she decided it was unsuitable for her family.  

The house was surrounded by boarded-up Housing NZ properties, covered in graffiti and contributing to the area’s “extremely derelict” appearance.

“I felt totally sick about it, to be honest,” she said.

“It felt like a slap in the face.

“If I was classified as emergency housing due to domestic circumstances, why would they put me back in an environment that would quite possibly make me and my son feel unsafe?

“Initially I felt pressured to take it, and say yes, and just shut up.

“But there’s no way I’m living in this area. It’s not safe for my child.”

Look at that….there are plenty of empty houses but bludgers like her won’t live there.

There is an old saying…beggars can’t be choosers…but they forgot the kiwi bludger exception to the rule…beggars can be choosers especially when bludging off taxpayers.

Of course the Labour party home-wrecker candidate Anna Lorck is right behind this bludger…perhaps she could go live in one of the homes Lorck has wrecked.


– HB Today


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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