It’s not your house, get out

This story is just BS She lives in a Huntly State house for 30 years and earns over the threshold but thought she would never have to leave.

Now she is rolling out the cultural card.

Hanna Matia never imagined she’d be forced to leave her family’s state home of 23 years, the Huntly house where her children’s placentas are buried in the yard.

Now the kohanga reo teacher and her family have less than a month until their tenancy for state housing is revoked.

It’s something she and her family didn’t see coming because they didn’t think they would ever be in a position to afford a house of their own.

“We never thought that they were going to tell us to leave.”

Well, she thought wrongly.

On paper, they are financially able to afford a private rental, so they no longer qualify for state housing with their combined annual income of $60,000.

Matia admits they are in a better financial position since entering social housing 30 years ago.

They were beneficiaries then.

And she said it is fair enough if someone more needy were to have the house.

But they still found it tough – there are bills to pay and they have been supporting their five adult children who had been living there.

As a last resort, Matia put out a desperate video plea on Facebook, asking for help, a decision that didn’t come easily.

So, this story was found on Facebook.

The seven-minute video tours her house, decorated with numerous family photos in mis-matched frames. It quickly gained traction with more than 170,000 views.

It’s a tough situation to not be able to provide for their family when they need it most, she said.

And for a lot of people in Huntly, it’s the reality, she said.

“I had to ask my kids to leave because we didn’t know if we had anywhere to go.”

Two have found temporary accommodation.

Matia said she received a letter from Housing NZ saying she could buy the four-bedroom house.

However, when she and her husband applied for a loan, they were denied.

Even saving for a rental bond is a struggle, let alone a deposit.

“They want me to buy the house – how?”

She’s had 23 years of low rent to save money, but she mitigated that by producing seven children. The bottom line is that it isn’t her house, she no longer qualifies for state assistance and it’s time to move out

Hauraki-Waikato Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta was one of the thousands to see Matia’s video.

“We saw that posted on last night and we got on that straight away . . . to see how we can support them.”

Mahuta said Matia’s story was just one example of what many families in Huntly and surrounding areas were going through.

Though a family may have two incomes, the high cost of living wasn’t factored into the living situation, she said.

“There are some families in similar conditions. I can only speculate that the criteria that MSD is providing is a lot tighter.

“The overall challenge is for the Government to commit to the provision of state homes rather than selling them off.”

Ahhh…another Labour-seeded story with media.

I note she mentions her husband a lot in the video…but no mention whatsoever of him in the article…I wonder if that is because he is a Black Power member?


– Waikato Times


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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.

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