Killer houses only happen because of ignorant lazy tenants

The Media party are still pimping out the housing crisis, focusing this week on cold, damp, mouldy houses.

They forget that those properties have housed literally thousands of people over decades before now…and somehow they all managed to live quite well.

Now, however, they are killer houses.

We’ve seen the warnings, and survival stories, about illnesses brought on by cold, damp, mouldy homes. But not every child who falls sick from the likes of rheumatic fever comes out okay.

“A number of children die each year from what we call housing-related hospitalisations,” says professor of public health at the University of Otago Philippa Howden-Chapman.

They also include pneumonia, asthma and other respiratory conditions in this category. In fact, Prof Howden-Chapman estimates badly insulated homes send as many as 50,000 children to hospital every year.  

She says Housing New Zealand is attempting to do a good job, but attention also needs to be placed on private rentals.

“Over a quarter of a million of the children who are in households that are in poverty live in private rental housing. And there are basically no standards there. You’re not required to have a heater; it’s not required to be insulated. And that seems to me completely unacceptable. “

I’ve had asthma and a bout in hospital with pneumonia and my parents’ house and my houses were never cold, damp or mouldy. I remember well my mother coming into my room and throwing the windows open to air the house and wiping the windows. If we were cold we put on a jumper or a coat.

It seems to me that basic living skills are the root cause of the problem. Blaming the government for a legacy of decades is just all too convenient.

What is really happening is that tenants are just too bloody lazy to air their house and perform basic cleaning duties. The fact that they are unemployed only serves to highlight the pathetic nature of their situation. It’s not like they are too busy working to air the house is it?


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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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