Our corrupt leaders are selling off our housing stock & have no intention of helping the needy. Our country is in fact a corporation run on a business model & it’s open slather for Key & his rich banking mates. While this disabled woman languishes in a van in Auckland he is hanging out in his $5.6 million LUXURY PAD in Hawaii, just ONE of many homes he has. See the depths we’ve sunk to? There are 30K+ empty homes in Auckland owned by offshore speculators, thanks to the current establishment. They have even required cancer sufferers to look for work. This woman had to prove she was looking for a house. Why wouldn’t she be? They are shedding all pretense of caring now and slowly dismantling the welfare state people. You just don’t matter any more.
Tetraplegic mum, her partner and 4-year-old live in a van
Aucklander Tracey Penny has slept “tetris-style” with her partner and young daughter in a van since early December.
The 28-year-old’s legs dangle limply, bedsores have infected a hip joint, and her back is held together with broken metal that grinds her bones in the night.
Penny has been a tetraplegic since she was hit by a car as a toddler.
Every morning she wakes up, assesses her pain, and counts her blessings, which do not include the Ministry of Social Development’s treatment of her situation.
On the waiting list for a wheelchair-friendly state house for over a year, Penny lived with her mother until the pair fell out in October 2016. She applied for emergency accommodation through WINZ, who put her, her partner, and child up in a motel.
They cut that funding after three weeks because Penny hadn’t been searching for a private rental.
“They told me that since I couldn’t prove I’d been looking, I’d have to move to a backpackers hostel,” she said.
Appalled by the idea, the family packed up their belongings and moved into a van instead.