Another “killer” state house. Haven’t they heard of cleaning and ventilating the place?

Can't be that cold...he's in shorts and a wife-beater.

Can’t be that cold…he’s in shorts and a wife-beater.

It’s always the house’s fault…or the government’s.

No one appears to have considered that it might actually be a case of Silly First Name Syndrome.

Baby Ioane is only seven months old, but he wheezes like a sick old man.

He has been in and out of hospital seven times in his short life, and his family have been told that what they call their “damp, cold, mouldy, smelly” state house in Porirua East is contributing to the host of respiratory conditions he suffers from.

Doctors have told Ioane’s parents, Jaymie Tihore, 20, and William Aue, 19, to move their family – twins Ioane-Ephraim and Connor-Rei Aue and asthmatic 3-year-old Ngakau-Lei Tihore – out of the house until it’s fixed.     

But they say they’ve had no luck getting their requested repairs made, and have “nowhere else to go”.

Housing NZ says it completed a full upgrade of the house in February, including new carpets, curtains, a heat pump,a kitchen upgrade, and insulation.

The couple moved into the home in late March, and the boys were born on April 21.

The mother is 20, and the sperm donor is 19. The mother’s first child is 3 so she had him when she was 17. Things are not going to end well for this “family”.

Since then, Ioane’s seven visits to hospital include stints in intensive care and one emergency trip to Auckland’s Starship hospital after he stopped breathing at Wellington Hospital.

“Not only is he sick, his brother is also getting sick,” Tihore said.

She described the house as “damp, mouldy, cold, smelly”. In the hall, black mould can be seen growing behind peeling wallpaper.

Ioane’s father can’t bear seeing his son living his early years rigged up to tubes in hospital.

“The only heater we have here only heats half of [the lounge]. It’s a three-bedroom house but we’re all sleeping in here due to the cold and damp.”

That’s sad, but has cleaning the house and washing the walls and ceilings with a Clove Oil preparation not passed through their feeble minds?

Or ventilating the house?

The comments on the Stuff article are harsh, but people are clearly over bludgers blaming others and using the Media Party to pimp them out as hard done by.

The house can’t be that cold, the sperm donor is wearing a wife-beater and shorts and bare feet.

 

-Fairfax


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