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Housing crisis what housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, February 27th, 2017 - 52 comments
Categories: class war, housing, national, paula bennett, Politics, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

What unfortunate timing.  It appears that the effects of the housing crisis have been seriously underestimated by the Government and the amount set aside for emergency housing grants for this year has been spent four times over, in three months.

From Newshub:

The Government has had a massive blowout in emergency housing grants, spending almost four times its annual budget in just three months.

As part of an overall $345m investment in emergency housing, the Government only budgeted $2m per year for an estimated 1400 emergency housing grants – which pay for urgent motel stays for families in need.

But in the December quarter alone, the Ministry of Social Development spent $7.7m on emergency housing grants.

There were 8860 grants in the final three months of 2016 – which is more than six times the Government’s expectations.

Bennett says that she was unaware of how big the problem is.

The grant was introduced in May by then-Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett, who admitted to Newshub she had “no idea” how big the problem was.

“To be honest, we just had no idea, and that’s part of it. I mean, they’re often hidden from us.”

Get that?  Homeless are hidden from the Government? Those people I see every day begging on the streets are invisible.  Is the Government even looking?

The details of the grant are somewhat difficult to understand.  The Newshub article said that the scheme was introduced in May 2016.  It looks like it was also announced in November 2016.  What great value for money.  Get twice the political advantage from the same spend.

And to increase the level of pathos to breaking point it appears that these families in crisis have bolstered tourism numbers.  Again from Newshub:

The Government has been counting homeless people living in motels in its tourism statistics.

Statistics Minister Mark Mitchell has confirmed official tourism numbers include people who are being put into hostels or motels through emergency housing special needs grants.

The Statistics New Zealand Accommodation Survey is used as a measure of tourism levels, with the definition used to define the domestic tourists “one New Zealander spending one night at an establishment”.

However when Newshub asked Tourism Minister Paula Bennett if homeless were included, she said no.

“No, because they’re not tourists. Sorry, I’m not sure what you’re asking.

“No they’re not included in the tourism stats for accommodation.”

It is difficult to gauge what is more startling, the Government’s complete indifference to poverty or its incompetence.




52 comments on “Housing crisis what housing crisis”

  1. Sacha 1

    Getting an estimate wrong by that large a margin shows that policy officials sitting in their Thorndon offices are also profoundly ignorant about the true scope of the problem, not just their blithe Ministers.

    • SpaceMonkey 1.1

      To be fair to the policy advisors, and analysts, they won’t be looking if they are not instructed to do so and the direction to do so comes from the Government.

    • I highly doubt the policy officials were allowed to actually do a reasonable estimate, Sacha. It was likely a political directive to fit within a certain budget.

      • Sacha 1.2.1

        I’m drawing heavily on bbq anecdata about how hopelessly out-of-touch some officials are. Sack of salt included, alongside examination of real people who Welli policy analysts ever get to talk with.

        And according to the PM the budget is – wahey! – demand-driven and therefore uncapped (except WINZ staff have been told to cap it).

        • Yeah I’m pretty sure the PM will be lying in principal there, but in a way that’s true in technicality. There will likely have been some sort of directive not to high-ball the demand so that it fit into a certain range the government had been expecting. They’ll frame that as “we had good data that indicated the problem wouldn’t be this large” rather than “we interfered politically to ensure the program wasn’t sufficiently funded.”

  2. Sabine 2

    oh well, i guess all the Motel owners and operators will vote again for National. Cause whats not too like?

    fucking oath this women is deplorable.

    deserving strong condemnation; completely unacceptable.
    “children living in deplorable conditions”
    synonyms: disgraceful, shameful, dishonourable, disreputable, discreditable, unworthy, shabby, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgivable; More
    shockingly bad in quality.
    “her spelling was deplorable”
    synonyms: lamentable, regrettable, grievous, unfortunate, wretched, dire, atrocious, abysmal, very bad, awful, terrible, dreadful, diabolical; More


    • Sam C 2.1

      “fucking oath this women is deplorable”.

      “Shockingly bad in quality” according to one of your definitions. Sort your grammar out, Sabine, then you can bang on about deplorable.

  3. Carolyn_nth 3

    micky: Homeless are hidden from the Government? Those people I see every day begging on the streets are invisible. Is the Government even looking?

    Probably just holed up in their Beehive office, hiding:

    See image here.

    And laughing about it.

  4. Cinny 4

    Housing Crisis, yes it sure is, happened again this weekend to another family. Many families here are being pushed out of accommodation to house islanders for seasonal work. It’s horrid for them and am sure if the islanders knew it was happening they would be upset too.

    Here’s how it works, a man works at the orchard, he lives in the orchard accommodation with his family (small cabin type set up) Apples growing in the background, and he’s been working hard all year, pruning, thinning etc for the owner and living on site, so ready at a moments notice should anything need doing on the orchard.

    Harvest season comes along, this man is given notice, he has to move and move his family. The orchard owner would rather charge the islanders per head to live in accommodation, than charging a family a set weekly rent. This enables him to over charge islanders for accommodation and off set the wages he pays to them.

    And another family is homeless living in a tent somewhere, dad is working on the orchard still, he just can’t live there, because the grower is so greedy for money. Oh it’s OK they are now on the list for housing NZ, along with how many other families who this has happened to.

    This is getting all to common in Motueka, and we are still heaving with tourists, so accommodation is near on impossible to find.

    Who are the motel owners that the government are funding with our money? How many state houses are empty.

    Sick of the mismanagement of the outgoing government.

    • tc 4.1

      Theyre not mismanaging the economy they are managing it on behalf the hollowmen just fine.

      Steady as she goes, plunder ahoy.

      • mickysavage 4.1.1


      • Sabine 4.1.2

        yep, been saying it now for a long time, this is not incompetence, nor stupidity or mismanagement. This is done by default.
        Its going to be interesting to see just how much these guys plundered, inflated numbers to suit their purposes and the likes.

        I think that the numbers of National MPs resigning is telling, can’t get away from the fraud of the last few years fast enough.

        And for what its worth, its time the we stop saying that they are stupid, incompetent of out of touch. They simply don’t care about the country, they care about their bottom lines, their lobby groups and the money man.

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    Is the Government even looking?

    I’m pretty sure that Pullya Benefit said that they weren’t and then laughed about it.

  6. mauī 6

    I hear South Auckland is great this time of year and even our lowest income earners can afford the 5 night getaways at 1 star accommodations.

    • michelle 7.1

      always knew that line was spin just like everything else that comes out of the mouths of the tories they have been bringing in cheap labour so that stops the trickle down while increasing the trickle up

  7. Greg 8

    The government never wAnted to know its been in denial for years and if ever question they don’t beleave there are any problems

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Oh, National was quite happy to know about the housing crisis when Labour were in power. Now that they’re in power it no longer exists as far as they’re concerned despite the fact that it’s actually gotten much worse.

      • garibaldi 8.1.1

        No such word as ” gotten”.

        • greywarshark

          Gotten (usually USA) rhymes with rotten.

        • Mrs Brillo

          There was certainly no such word as “gotten” when I was growing up here. We would have considered it a painful Americanism, only to be heard from the lips of Yankee sailors that had their R&R leave here when on Pacific duties. Those days disappeared in the 1960s, and I did not hear the word again till the 1980s. After the explosion in cheap international air travel.

          I think journalists started using it then because they thought sounding American was groovy and hip. As they also would have said!

          I still won’t use the word. It is not New Zealand usage.

      • stigie 8.1.2

        There was not a housing crisis when Labour were in power because so many people were leaving the country.

        • Draco T Bastard

          According to John Key and National there was.

          So, you’re saying that they’re lying?

        • NewsFlash


          Let the record show that in 2011 more Kiwi’s left NZ than any time recorded in history, for those who can remember that far back, they will also recall that the fewest number of houses were built in NZ in that year since 1965, hence the housing shortage, JK is an absolute BS artist when he said it was worse under Clark.

          In that same year (2011) the unemployment rate increased from 4% to well over 11% in around 4 months

          The idiotic JK increased GST at the same time the country fell into a recession, just another glaring example of the fiscal and economic incompetence of the National Govt.

  8. saveNZ 9

    The housing crisis is planned by National. They want social cleansing of the poor out of their voter areas.

    And the poor can just ‘disappear’ out of statistics by being written out of them all.

  9. Treetop 10

    I would be interested to know region by region the number of emergency housing grants issued. Suburb by suburb would be telling in Auckland.

  10. Adrian 11

    They are lying arseholes, blaming ” returning NZers ” , but there was a net loss in NZers in the last stats.

    • greg 11.1

      They are lying arseholes,
      thats one thing we can all agree on .

    • Muttonbird 11.2

      When that doesn’t work they blame imaginary Kiwis who aren’t leaving! That’s right we ourselves are causing the housing crisis by not moving to Australia to make way for Chinese immigrants and Indian students.

  11. Smilin 12

    They failed to follow the obvious situation on the pretext that the 2008 crash didnt allow them the money to carry on what Labour had done
    Next we have immigration explosion housing market price hike but no money for social housing because of the tax breaks for the corporates and no obligation to even rent out properties
    the market rules is like saying
    immigrate to nz its a real wild west money for nothing
    Key is a ripoff bastard and he has made a mockery of everything that nz is, to the point it is a crime to allow this govt to continue
    Their words are bullshit

  12. greywarshark 13

    Homeless housed, tourist stats up! It’s an ill wind etc. Actually it’s more like a careless fart than a statistic. These Gnats have no decency. The Chinese have air that can be cut with a knife, we have politicians that kick up a stink about anything except what they should be most concerned about.

  13. AsleepWhileWalking 14

    Not everyone applies for emergency housing grants.

    It’s less stressful to live in a car or trade sex for housing.

    • Sabine 14.1

      yes, cause trading sex for housing is such a nice and healthy thing to do.

      how much do you think a bed would cost? joyfully submit once a day, every other day? All services or just a few?
      Does that include internet and power or does one have to bang the landlords mate for that privilege?

  14. AsleepWhileWalking 15

    Share your renting story here:

  15. disgusting gnats and especially dumbarse bennett

    I bet they try to get a major sporting event lined up – then get rid of the homeless by putting them in jail, or at least out of sight – and then WHAM – there is no evidence of a housing crisis because where are the homeless?

  16. AsleepWhileWalking 18

    Merivale children hospitalised due to substandard housing. Landlords walking away with capital gains and probably laughing.


    “You have to see my sick bay during the winter to appreciate how bad that actually is.” – Merivale School principal Jan Tinetti

  17. greywarshark 19

    Key in that pic reminds me of Mr Punch from the cover of the mag same name.

  18. Thinkerr 20

    Not always visible doesnt cut it. The government refuted point blank that there was a crisis, even when some very qualified (I mean knowlegeable, frontline etc) people told them. They didnt want to know then and it seems they dont want to know now.

    Also, did you spot that almost four times as much money has been spent and more than six times as many people have been helped. That means, on average, each person has only received less than 2/3 of what the government thought people needed. And you can bet there was no slack in the original figure.

  19. sirpat 21

    fek me….looking at that pic Bennet looks just like Donkey in Shrek……just not as funny

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    5 days ago
  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
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    6 days ago
  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
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    1 week ago
  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
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  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
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  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
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  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
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    1 week ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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    1 week ago