Clearly they need to use Metiria’s “It’s not fraud when you steal from the government” solution

A teenage couple from Central Hawke’s Bay and their 6-day-old baby had to move into an old converted woolshed with bare gibbed walls, a long-drop toilet and a woodburner in urgent need of repair – just as the “worst storm of the year” hit.

Last Thursday, with temperatures plummeting as a polar blast swept north over the country, the young first-time parents and their baby , who was born on July 7, were forced to vacate the short-stay unit they had been staying in because it was double-booked.

Youth workers involved in the case say the couple’s plight illustrates the problems with CHB’s “non-existent” level of social housing, caused by high demand for the limited number of Housing NZ properties in the district, and compounded by a shortage of private rentals in a hot property market.

The 18-year-old father and his 17-year-old partner, on a waiting list for a Housing NZ property, had been living in the unit after the tenancy at their previous short-term rental ended on June 13 and was not renewed.

They spent two weeks living in a caravan before moving into the $320 a week, one-bedroom self-contained unit which they had to vacate at short notice.

Fortunately, after a frantic last-minute search, a family member of the father located the converted woolshed for the couple to rent until they could find suitable long-term accommodation.

I’d like to know how needy the people were that caused a young couple with a six day old baby to be thrown out of their home at short notice.

They are of course in a better spot now.  All they have to do is start sub-letting the woolshed and not tell Housing New Zealand, nor tell Work and Income.   Getting boarders in is a well tested solution and apparently does not lead to any charges, any prosecutions or any demands for money to be returned.

They’re kids having a kid and are doing it the hard way.   The Green party’s Metiria Turei clearly promotes defrauding the taxpayer when you are doing a law degree, so these people are going to be just fine.

They can start with putting #iammetiria on all the forms they fill in from now on.  It will act like a shield and render them immune to any kind of repercussions from society and the law.

A Housing NZ spokesman said last week that all 34 of its properties in Central Hawke’s Bay were fully tenanted, and the department had no plans to acquire additional properties.

As for living in a converted woolshed, Google shows that doesn’t have to be as bad as it sounds.  Given the choice, they may not really want to return to their previous location.


– NZ Herald


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