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A Napier 1 BR rental gets 900 replies – families are in ‘absolute desperation’ & it isn’t rocket science ‘why’

Remember how the National party sold off literally thousands of our State Homes? Homes built so that no NZers would be without a roof over their heads.

tom scott dom post today date is 4 may 16

THE NATS HAVE BEEN LAND BANKING TAMAKI STATE HOMES ON PRIME REAL ESTATE SINCE 2012, CLEARING OUT THE POOR TO MAKE WAY FOR PRIVATE MANSIONS

THE GENTRIFICATION OF TAMAKI UNDER THE GUISE OF ‘REGENERATION’ SCAM – THE SALE OF YOUR STATE ASSETS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AT UNDISCLOSED PRICES

There were some very big question marks over the legality of some of those sales….

WHY IS A CROWN ENTITY COMPANY WITH $1.6 BILLION OF FORMER HOUSING NZ PROPERTIES NOT LISTED UNDER SCH 4A OF THE PUBLIC FINANCE ACT, OR SCH 2 OF THE CROWN ENTITIES ACT?

Thousands of properties land banked for greedy property developers, now laughing all the way to the banks. Those homes once helped house the now 43K plus homeless we have in NZ.

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Over the recent years as these houses disappeared, I’ve read many comments from bloggers who have also watched this. Many folk were evicted from our State Homes with what appears to be little good justification. One I read the other day, folk in the Wellington region were evicted for property development, and the evicted are still homeless. Following is the tale of another unfortunate Tamaki family evicted just weeks after their mother died:

THE CROWN OWNED TAMAKI REGENERATION CO. EVICTS 5 GRIEVING CHILDREN 3 WKS AFTER THEIR MOTHER’S DEATH – A NOT UNCOMMON OCCURRENCE WE’RE TOLD

So, no surprizes that now folk are languishing in garages, sheds, cars even. Unable to put a roof over their heads due also to the obscenely large rentals being charged, all helped along by the fact there is little housing to be had. The good old supply & demand mentality on steroids that is now seeing the rich getting richer & the poor getting even poorer. Thanks to Roger Douglas & the Neo Liberal ‘experiment’.

Here is the article highlighting the rental shortage in Napier.

From rnz.co.nz

Napier families who are desperate for housing are applying for flatshares and one-bedroom units.

A Napier landlord who posted an advertisement for a one-bedroom unit on TradeMe got more than 900 inquiries within 24 hours.

“We pulled it because we got 946 replies… I honestly couldn’t believe there were that many people wanting a place.”

The one-bedroom unit in Tamatea was available for $285 a week.

Several applicants were families who simply could not find anywhere else to live, he said.

“We put in the ad that it was not suitable for families or children, but they were quite willing to say the kids can sleep in the bedroom and we’ll sleep in the lounge.”

Most of those who inquired were unwilling to fill in an application form asking for reference checks and a police check.

This helped the landlord whittle down the list to about 50 people, who were invited to view the property at an open day, he said.

“Even then you could tell some people were desperate, a couple of them had tears in their eyes when they were talking to us.”

Another Napier man searching for two flatmates to share his Ahuriri home said he was getting dozens of calls and texts each day – and many were from families.

On four different occasions he had families turning up to sign a tenancy, when he was expecting a single person to show up.

“They led me to believe that the room was only for one person,” he said.

Hawke’s Bay Properties director Dee Penno was not surprised.

“There is just absolute desperation out there,” she said.

“You get all these applicants and how do you pick? Which desperate person do you pick?”

More than 200 inquiries had already been made in response to a current TradeMe ad for a one-bedroom flat in the Napier suburb of Maraenui, available for $260 a week.

Prospective tenants would often offer more than the advertised price in order to secure a home, Ms Penno said.

“And I also have people that ring up literally two minutes after I’ve listed it wanting to see the house before anyone else, begging down the phone.”

Proposed new requirements for rental properties, such as insulation and heating, would make the situation worse, Ms Penno said.

A lot of landlords had sold up over the last 18 months, because of the buoyant market in Hawke’s Bay, she said.

And she predicted it would only get worse, if stricter requirements for rental properties came into force.

“It is scaring a lot of landlords off… and I think we will see a lot of Mum and Dad investors with one rental property saying ‘this is too hard, we’re out’,” she said.

Hawke’s Bay rents had risen the fastest in the country, jumping 14 percent in the last year to a record high of $480 in August, according to figures from TradeMe.

The number of emergency housing special needs grants given to pay for emergency motel accommodation had tripled in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne between the March and June quarters, Ministry for Social Development (MSD) figures showed.

More people were coming to MSD for help, just as it had asked them to, an MSD spokesperson said.

MSD usually saw an increase in those needing help over the winter months.

“A high proportion of the people on the Social Housing Register in the East Coast region are living in insecure housing – accommodation that is unsuitable on a long-term basis. Winter will be making things worse for those people,” MSD said.

By Anusha Bradley

rnz.co.nz

 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/napier-rental-squeeze-leaves-families-in-absolute-desperation

Charges for three beggars in Napier now withdrawn – well done Napier, fighting poverty creatively

The new norm in ‘fighting poverty’ … charge beggars for asking for help.  The charges are now withdrawn but it highlights the ever growing problem NZ now has & tinkering with sticking plasters isn’t going to fix it.  This modus operandi is about as clever as the Nats who [pretend to] ‘fight homelessness’ by both land banking, and selling homes originally intended for low income Kiwis. Part of the corporate sell-out. Selling out to corporate interests over its own citizens. Why don’t they just call it what it is? See just a few of the 3K empty homes below the Nats have been land banking since 2012, meanwhile 42K are homeless & reduced to begging, sleeping in garages and sheds if they’re ‘lucky’. And in Napier, asking for money. Shame NZ. Shame. Under the Nats’ watch two men have died from exposure to the cold sleeping rough. Let’s face it Kiwis, we’re now top of the homelessness, child poverty & youth suicide stats for the developed world. Three dubious honours of which the Nats must be super proud. Their neo-liberal economic package is working. Key did say he was working for NZ, he just failed to mention which tiny percentage of.

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12 of the land banked state homes empty since 2012 courtesy of your esteemed leaders Kiwis who continue to ignore the 42K sleeping rough

Three beggars in Napier charged over breaking council bylaw by asking for money

From tvnz

Local councils across the country will be watching closely next month as Napier City Council has taken action over three beggars in the city asking for money.

The council has taken action charging three beggars with breaching a council bylaw that forbid them from soliciting for money without permission.

All three have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

While other councils have taken beggars to court for being disorderly or causing a public nuisance, this is the first time they have been charged with simply asking for money.

Natasha Carswell from Napier City Council explained: “We do not have a bylaw that counters begging specifically.

“What we want to address is the behaviour that is causing the issue rather than the begging itself.”

READ MORE

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/three-beggars-in-napier-charged-over-breaking-council-bylaw-asking-money-v1

 

Charges now Withdrawn

newshub.co.nz

Police have dropped charges against three beggars who were charged with breaching a bylaw that forbids soliciting for money without permission.

Napier City Council’s manager of community strategies Natasha Carswell told The AM Show the bylaw had been used in the past for people busking and doing street appeals, not for begging.

She said police interpreted the bylaw “as they did”, but it isn’t how Council want it used.

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/07/police-drop-charges-against-napier-beggars.html

This Weekend Saw a Huge Turnout NZ Wide of People Protesting Against the Govt’s Extensive Use of 1080 – Go Kiwis! (updated photos)

For over 15 years the New Zealand Government has been systematically dropping massive amounts of food, laced with a cruel and universally toxic poison into its forest ecosystems. Enough poison every year to kill the entire population of NZ four times over. No other country is doing, or ever has done, anything remotely similar on such a scale.

1080 is an alias for Monofluoroacetate, a chemical. Monofluoroacetate was originally developed and marketed as an insecticide. READ MORE

This weekend peaceful protesters NZ wide took to the streets to let the Government know they are not impressed with this slathering of our paradise with toxic poison. They want it to STOP.


Note: If you have any instances of 1080 poisoning of livestock or of being required to cover up details, contact me at the contact page and I will direct you to a person who is considering taking legal action. Or simply go to 1080 Eyewitness on FB for the post. You would need to join.


[These images are from the FB page 1080 Eyewitness. If your photo is on here & you do not want it to be please contact me & I will take it down.]

 

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