Nobody is forced to live in a car; they have clearly chosen to do it

The Media party, and Newshub in particular, are still pimping the housing crisis.

On Saturday morning The Nation (yes them) pimped a couple living in their car.

They are called the hidden homeless.

They’re a growing number of working families being forced to live in vehicles due to being unable to afford Auckland’s soaring rent prices.

According to figures collated by the Salvation Army, rent for three-bedroom homes increased in Auckland by 25 percent from 2010 to 2015.

For Marie and her two young children, her car has been her home for two months.

“It’s like they’re shut away from society, really like I’ve hidden them away for society. They have nothing we’re just here 24/7.”

Her partner’s not here — he’s busy at his fulltime job. However his take home pay of $600 a week can’t match south Auckland rentals demanding $500 and more.  

It’s left Marie feeling totally detached and alone.

“I wouldn’t even tell my own family that I am living in a car.”

The family left a state home in the South Island because there was no work.

So they are living in their late model Holden…with leather seats.

Marie says Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) told her they’d have to wait 18 months to get social housing here.

They’re not alone either, up to 50 people a night can gather in Bruce Pullman Park in south Auckland.

Coincidentally it was a Labour MP pimping the story, which goes hand in glove with their campaign online to identify people prepared to speak to media about the “housing crisis”.

This is just manufactured news on behalf of the Labour party…but all they can offer people is a box of tissues.

The desperate sight of working families being forced to live in cars is increasingly common to Otara’s MP Jenny Salesa.

“One of the things that we provide in our office is a box of tissues because there are so many families that come here with their kids. And they come in the minivans that they live in and when you see that on a weekly basis it breaks your heart.”

And a box of tissues helps that?

But what is the big deal? Thousands of tourists come here and travel around living in people movers…some of them with really offensive slogans on the side. They do it for fun.



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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.