February 19, 2020
Housing crisis a human rights crisis
A United Nations Special Rapporteur says the Government needs to adopt a more ambitious, innovative and courageous approach if it is to solve the root causes of the housing crisis.
Leilani Farha has just spent 10 days in the country.
She says what she saw, with one in every hundred people is homeless, thousands living in vehicles or housed in motels provided by the State, and houses are in such disrepair that they cause otherwise preventable illness and disease, was not just a housing crisis, but a human rights crisis of significant proportions.
Māori, Pacific peoples, people with disabilities, single parents, LGBTQI+, and immigrants were being hit hardest.
She says at the root of the crisis is a speculative housing market supported by successive governments who promoted home ownership as an investment.
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