Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, August 10th, 2020 - 33 comments
Critics have dismissed the Jacinda Ardern government as being one of style over substance. This is unfair given the challenges this government has faced and the policy achievements it has had. However, it is a government that has much work to do if it wins a second term. And its over-reliance on Jacinda as party leader is a huge strategic risk, especially when the governments front bench is perceived, rightly or wrongly, to be lightweight.
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, March 14th, 2020 - 100 comments
Idiot/Savant writes about empty houses and the homeless.
Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, May 26th, 2018 - 54 comments
What lies behind the homelessness crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand? Is it a housing crisis or are the homeless to blame? If the problem is a housing crisis, why is there an assumption that the homeless themselves need extra services to secure and maintain rental housing?
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 51 comments
This post is too long to read. Its purpose is to serve as reference material, a “one stop” snapshot of where we are as a country. The mess that the new government inherits. The consequences of the nine long wasted years of National. The magnitude of the challenge ahead of us.
Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, July 27th, 2017 - 22 comments
This afternoon in Parliament during question time Paula Bennett showed clearly that this Government has no idea what to do about the housing crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, July 21st, 2017 - 48 comments
Labour MP Clare Curran has been camping in Dunedin’s Octagon to protest against the MSD’s treatment of two homeless mothers. Bravo Clare for putting yourself on the line to draw attention to this issue!
Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, January 4th, 2017 - 188 comments
What have we become?
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, October 12th, 2016 - 82 comments
National is borrowing another Labour-Green policy and has announced a lite version of Labour’s Kiwibuild policy.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 12th, 2016 - 24 comments
Who would have thought that a surge in homelessness would result in a spike in crime, and that a dramatic increase in the number of people with no or compromised housing situations would cause an increase in burglaries, robberies and assaults.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 26th, 2016 - 82 comments
New research on homelessness from Otago University sheds light on the depth and breadth of the problem. Naturally Paula Bennett says she doesn’t believe it, and that she won’t read it. Because of course.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 17th, 2016 - 71 comments
National Labour and the Greens are all proposing to intervene in the market to do something about the housing crisis. What other policy areas are there where the parties can agree on active state intervention?
Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, July 13th, 2016 - 29 comments
National is flailing around attempting to divert attention from its failure to do anything meaningful about the homeless crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, July 4th, 2016 - 8 comments
Unlike our “government”, Te Puea Marae is trying to do something practical for the homeless. Madeleine Chapman spent a week volunteering there, and wrote about it for The Spinoff. Note that The Warehouse will match donations made through Spinoff.
Written By: - Date published: 3:25 pm, June 30th, 2016 - 60 comments
It is tragic that a family working 80 hours a week cannot make ends meet.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 18th, 2016 - 56 comments
Te Puea Marae, whose only “crime” in this the Brighter Future was to try and help the homeless, “has fears of ‘smear campaign’ “. Naturally Paula Bennett is the real victim here. And furthermore, it’s all Labour’s fault.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 11th, 2016 - 120 comments
In the middle of a housing crisis the Minister of Social Housing Paula Bennett is nowhere to be seen.
Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, June 9th, 2016 - 72 comments
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, June 9th, 2016 - 154 comments
Eleven year old TA is bright, dedicated but homeless. She has challenged John Key to try walking in her shoes.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, June 8th, 2016 - 22 comments
The homeless population of central Auckland has more than doubled in the last 3 years. That’s quite a legacy John Key. Meanwhile Te Puea Marae is still putting the government to shame, you can donate here.
Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, June 3rd, 2016 - 95 comments
Remember Key saying yesterday that the MSD and the Salvation Army knocked on the doors of eight cars that people were living in and no one wanted their help? The Salvation Army says nothing of the sort happened.
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, May 20th, 2016 - 18 comments
A petition: “As Minister of Social Development we call upon Minister Anne Tolley to urgently forgive all debts incurred by people who have been forced to stay in Motels as emergency accommodation….”
Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, May 20th, 2016 - 49 comments
John Campbell is covering the homeless crisis with stories that highlight the personal tragedies that are occurring and the complete indifference of the Government to their plight.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 20th, 2016 - 48 comments
That is how officials from the Ministry of Social Development described the emergency housing system to Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett – a year ago. What has Bennett done in the year since?