Hapless Te Ururoa Flavell has spent too long in Wellington – Waiariki candidates debate issues on TV
But the number one issue for Mr Flavell was homelessness in the wider region.
While Mr Flavell said he had “no idea” how homelessness got so bad in the region, he said plans were underway to help remedy the problem with more than 140 homes lined up to be built in the near future in the Bay of Plenty, including more than 40 in Rotorua.
No idea how homelessness got so bad? Could have anything to do with the low wages, the punitive benefits system, the failure to build houses, the growing population, the relentless transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich? Could it have anything to do with the government of the last nine years, and the policies that you and your party have been supporting? What is a “seat at the table” worth?
After 12 years as MP for Waiariki Flavell says on Marae that he has "no idea" how homelessness has got so bad in his own city
— Ryan (@strewnryan) July 15, 2017
I have no idea how things got so bad. Says the Minister of Maori Development about homelessness in his patch #maraetv
— Jodi Ihaka (@JodiIhaka) July 15, 2017