I guess Bennett didn’t have a long list to choose from, but – really? On RNZ yesterday:
Bennett says she’s proud of getting homeless into homes
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett says one of her greatest achievements this year is getting homeless people into homes…
In other news that day:
Fast-growing numbers of homeless putting pressure on freedom camping
Fast-growing rates of homelessness have been revealed in a new Government report into freedom camping.
The Department of Internal Affairs report, published without fanfare this week, found “internally displaced people” were a group contributing to pressure on freedom camping facilities.
“This appears to be a fast-growing group which is adding unplanned demand and competing for public camping spaces,” the report from the DIA and more than 25 council officers found.
“Although homelessness cannot be characterised as freedom camping, due to the lack of choice, year-round, homelessness is an issue [receiving] some benefit from the provision of campsites for non-self-contained vehicles,” the working group added. …
Quite. Here are some other recent headlines that Paula’s pride might like to contemplate…
Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
New Zealand housing crisis forces hundreds to live in tents and garages
One in 100 Kiwis homeless, new study shows numbers quickly rising
Calls for increase in social housing as nearly half of the homeless are children
Families with children now 53% of NZ’s homeless
Work and Income sent families to garages
A week at Te Puea (and Marae has fears of ‘smear campaign’)
Government abandons social housing target of 65,000
Housing crisis blamed for Auckland’s rheumatic fever rates
New Zealand’s most shameful secret: ‘We have normalised child poverty’
— Checkpoint (@CheckpointRNZ) December 16, 2016