If you are retired and don’t own your home, you’re the cause of your own housing crisis

Is there no limit to the amount of stupid Newshub will show as they push and pimp the so-called housing crisis?

New research is showing older people who are forced to rent may be suffering poorer health outcomes compared with those who own, and live, in their own homes.

The Massey University study is highlighting the societal impact New Zealand’s housing crisis is having, particularly in the larger centres where unaffordability is growing.

Ninety-two-year-old Shirley Wright is not who you’d expect to be in a flatting situation, but living with 12 others, she couldn’t be happier.

“It’s much better living in an environment when you’re older than living alone because when you live alone you imagine all sorts of things,” Ms Wright says.

Ms Wright lives in Auckland’s Abbeyfield House. It’s a charity-run, shared accommodation and there are 15 around the country where volunteers help with the day-to-day running.  

For Ms Wright, the sense of community and togetherness the home offers is vital for her wellbeing and happiness.

“Sometimes you want to talk to someone; sometimes you need to go to the doctor, but one of the other residents is always happy to take you,” she says.

The new Massey University research shows poor health is a growing problem for elderly people who rent and live on their own.

“Renters are more likely to have lower levels of quality of life, and high levels of depression,” Massey University researcher Professor Christine Stephens says.

Older Kiwis enjoyed full employment, lower house prices, far better income to borrowing ratios to afford homes and somehow it is everyone else’s problem why they don’t own homes.

They even acknowledge that housing affordability is at an all time low…therefore when these older Kiwis were working and earning they had better opportunities than young people do today.

With housing affordability at an all-time low, they expect the problem will become more widespread, particularly given New Zealand’s ageing population.


This pimping of poverty and the so–called housing crisis is getting ridiculous.


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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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