National budgeted $2m, spent $8m on keeping people in motels for three months

…if you think the housing pressure’s going to go off the boil in Auckland anytime soon, think again. Forty four percent of those settling here, or more than fifty six thousand, were bound for our biggest city.

The Government’s now being damned by its opponents for turning around the migration flow and being damned for keeping the Auckland gates open.

Labour’s saying the main reason why they’re flocking to Auckland is because the Beehive has no plan for regional economic development, on how to distribute our new migrants around the regions. If it was only that simple.

It’s true the country’s bursting at the seams, with housing the main pressure cooker. It not only means those who’re struggling to make ends meet will be forever denied their Kiwi brick and mortar dream, it’s seeing more of them not even getting a foot in the door of a place they can call home.

Figures show how desperate it is with emergency housing with the Government budgeting two million bucks for 1400 people to live in motels for the last three months of last year. Yeah well, they ended up spending just on eight million for almost nine thousand needy people.

Many of them are hardly ideal tenants though having been blacklisted in the private sector, evicted from state houses, have criminal records and are violent to their families.

And that’s the conundrum, when does the state stop taking responsibility for them?

That’s a question that no one seems to have, or is game enough to have, an answer to.

There is one other problem that nobody has an answer to – mostly because nobody has dared to say it out loud yet:  there is an exodus from the lower end of the rental market.  The ne’er-do-wells and detritus of society simply don’t have a place to live in the real world.

And National can only put them in a motel right now, hoping the pus filled boil doesn’t burst this side of the election, and then hoping it will have enough time to finally get on top of it before 2020.

But in the end, the underlying problem still remains that John Key did a fantastic job in turning the country into a good place to live and work.  So good that unprecedented numbers of Kiwis are returning home on top of already high immigration numbers.

All this against a backdrop of a national infrastructure that has not kept pace.

 

– Barry Soper, NZ Herald

 


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