Don’t let the facts get in the way of a pimped story

The Media party, working  in complicity with the Labour party are really pimping out housing stories.

Andrew Little hasn’t quite declared a crisis but he has said a crisis is close.

But is there really an over-crowding issue. John Campbell has been stalking the streets of South Auckland along with his other media pals rocking up to houses where inveterate breeders are moaning about their predicament so surely over-crowding must be an issue…right?


The government via the Ministry of Health commissioned a study in 2014 based on census data regarding over-crowding.

The statistics, you know hard data not manufactured cry-babies found by a political party says that over-crowding is reducing.


The chart shows that during the 1990s, when National were in government, over-crowding significantly reduced. This is of course contrary to claims by Helen Clark’s government that National ran a heartless government. Correspondingly over-crowding increased during the Clark years and is now falling again with a National government. This all runs contra to Labour’s claims.

The key findings of the report are:

Data from the Census 2013 shows that:

  • around 10 percent of New Zealanders live in crowded conditions (398,300 people in 74,124 households)
  • the Counties Manukau DHB region has the greatest proportion of people living in crowded conditions (22%), followed by Auckland (16%) and then Tairawhiti (15%)
  • children are over represented in crowded households. Over half of crowded households have two or more children (at least one child aged between 5 and 14 years) living in them
  • two in five Pacific people (38%) and one in five Māori (20%) and Asian (18%) people live in crowded households. This compares to 1 in 25 Europeans (4%)
  • there has been a 9 percent increase in people living in crowded conditions in the Counties Manukau DHB region (7755 more people) since 2006. This is likely to reflect a population increase in the region
  • for the lowest household income quintile, 15 percent of households are crowded; for the highest household income quintile just 2 percent of households are crowded
  • of people living in crowded households nationally, 35,847 (9%) live in households that do not use any form of heating in their houses. The highest percentage (16%) is in the Counties Manukau DHB region, where 14,103 people living in crowded households use no heating.

So, yes there is an over-crowding problem, but it looks to be largely demographically confined to Pasifika and Maori households, with some Asian households included. This to me suggested a cultural issue rather than anything else. There is no rational explanation for poverty meaning increased families…in fact it is the other way around, poverty is caused by large families.

The Labour party and the Media party will always be able to find someone living in a crowded house who has a bad situation. But for some reason there is no mention of the stats overall in their reporting.

Perhaps it is because it doesn’t suit their narrative.


– Ministry of Health


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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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