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Ranty has… a rant:

So… you live “alone” in a taxpayer-funded state house, have a border lining your pockets and are allowed to keep four dogs and a cat. There’s something badly wrong with this picture. Why wasn’t she evicted from the multi-bedroom house when her partner died and she could have gone flatting anywhere she wanted? You then have a “friend” staying whilst he recovers from a stroke (although the wording of the article gives the impression they are in a relationship). Said friend then burns the house down and you go running to the media and set up a bludge-a-little page because you were too stupid to have insurance. No wonder we have a housing crisis and high taxes.

And these are the bludgers he is having a crack at:

Three friends were lucky to escape a fire that gutted their East Auckland home, killed three of their beloved pets and destroyed nearly all their possessions.

Tina Rameka was watching TV in her bedroom when the state house on Taniwha St in Glen Innes that she had lived at for 20 years caught fire about 7pm on Wednesday.

Her long time friend George Yelchich, who was staying with her after having a stroke, had become distracted while heating a pot of oil on the stove.

By the time they realised about two minutes later the entire kitchen was engulfed in flames.

“It was coming from the ceiling and it was coming through the doors,” said Rameka.

Dopey old fool. Who heats a pot of oil on the stove?

Nick Whall, who has rented a room in Rameka’s house for about 10 years, had popped out to the shops and arrived home just as the fire started.

“I thought it was just burnt toast. [Then Yelchich] got up and the next thing I hear is ‘Sh**, sh**’. There were absolutely massive flames coming out the side of the kitchen,” Whall told the Herald.

Paralysed down one side due to the stroke, Yelchich needed help leaving. He usually uses a wheelchair, but made it out on foot with Rameka guiding him.

Rameka and Yelchich also escaped the blaze unharmed, as did their cat Chancey and three of their four dogs. However, one dog was stuck inside. The other dogs heard it barking and two of them ran back into the house. The three dogs in the house died.

A state house, a boarder, a “friend”, a cat and four dogs. Gee, I see where the poverty came from. Twenty years in a state house? Now penniless. What has she done for twenty years of not paying rent?

A neighbour who saw the smoke rang Fire and Emergency New Zealand. By the time fire crews arrived at the scene the blaze was well involved.

“We got out with nothing. [Rameka] came out with her dog, her phone and her dressing gown,” said Whall.

“Poor old George lost his wheelchair and all his clothes.”

All Rameka’s possessions, including her glasses and dentures, were destroyed.

“They were on the bed. When I found them they were a pile of molten,” said Whall.

However, it was Rameka’s dogs that she missed most. The animals had been a great comfort to her after her partner died about eight years ago, Whall said.

“She’s got one dog and that’s just such a blessing.”

Whall had been unable to search through the debris to find out whether any of his possessions survived the fire because of the asbestos in the home’s roof.

The trio didn’t have insurance.

Dickheads. No insurance, so now on the bludge. Why is the NZ Herald promoting their Bludge-a-Little page?

Ranty was spot on.


-NZ Herald

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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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