Stuff has the story of Pete Bryant, who’s been on the Housing New Zealand waiting list for 14 months, including two winters. He’s sleeping on the floor of a friend’s place while waiting for HNZ to find him a place, which they seem unable to do.
In the story, HNZ staff say Pete – who I interviewed for the book on inequality I edited in 2013 – turned down a place for being too small, but he says – and has witnesses to back him up – that it was HNZ who said he couldn’t have the place because it wasn’t suitable for his dog. (Pete has a medical certificate to show that he needs to have a dog for company and to combat depression.)
I’m inclined to believe Pete, and to think that it’s just another sign of the housing crisis that, despite being a wealthy country of 4.5 million people, we can’t seem to find accommodation for one man who desperately needs it.