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Homelessness four times worse than in 2017

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I usually leave it to my fellow bloggers to cover New Zealand politics and general news, but every now and again there is a New Zealand story that catches my attention.

And in the case of homelessness there are two good additional reasons for covering this story, beyond the topic itself. First, that the NZ MSM seem to be ignoring it. Second, because in the face of MSM failure it’s up to blogs and other Social Media to support eachother and do the work the MSM refuses to.

In this case the report comes from Kiwiblog, Homelessness four times as great as in 2017:

In September 2017 there were 4,054 on the Priority A waiting list for Housing NZ. These are families who have been assessed as in urgent need of a house.

Labour said 4,054 was a scandal. They said they wanted to abolish homelessness.

In June 2020 there are now 16,651 families on the Priority A waiting list.

As commentators over there have noted: in 2017 the likes of John Campbell was shedding tears over homelessness and there seemed to be a story every day about the subject as the National-led government was rightly beaten over the head with it.

But now it’s just not much of a story apparently.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

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  1. So another policy failure along with Kiwibuild, Auckland Light Rail and any number of others. No matter, the sheeple don’t care. They remain memorised bt St Jacinda … she who can do no wrong … sorta like the Great Helmsman, Mother Teresa, Kim Jong-un and Joan of Arc all rolled up into one.

    The Veteran

    September 14, 2020 at 3:05 pm

  2. Milt says they have published the graph upside down.

    He also says if you insist on looking at it the way it was published you need to stand on your head.

    See sorted, just a matter of interpretation.

    Oh anyway Labour hate the homeless and the issue was just a tool to help win the last election, says Milt

    This election is all about Covid and in 3 years time after we have won this election who cares, its just a tool.


    September 14, 2020 at 4:22 pm

  3. And since I linked to KB, here’s Offsetting Behaviour (see our Blogroll Right) with their latest Civic Knowledge survey results:

    None of the results were particularly surprising for those who pay attention to voter knowledge surveys. The NZ Election Survey regularly finds that roughly half of voters don’t get how MMP works; we found the same. NZES often finds 16-17% of voters not knowing the lead party in the governing coalition; we found a bit over 30% can’t identify which parties are in Parliament.

    As usual, Green Party supporters had more political knowledge than supporters of other parties. In prior work on the NZES, that looked to be the case even accounting for Greens’ higher education levels; in this one, it looked to be explained by those higher education levels.

    Which is why things like the graph in the OP don’t matter. It’s all about Jacinda. But it likely means that it was all about John Key when National were riding high.

    Policies, schmolicies.

    Tom Hunter

    September 14, 2020 at 5:40 pm

  4. “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.”

    H L Menchen


    September 14, 2020 at 6:42 pm

  5. I doubt 16,000 is the actual extent of the problem, ie I expect that red line on the graph’s still got some way upwards to go.

    Given that the government’s built nearly 4000 state and community houses since mid-2018, the projection represented by the black line doesn’t seem unreasonable. If they can be judged for anything, it’s not anticipating the real scale of the problem, but that failure’s not all that surprising as they had to rely on the previous government’s numbers.

    As to why the real extent of the problem’s become apparent under this government and not under the previous one, the answer is obvious enough: if the government’s selling or demolishing more state houses than it’s building, and (more importantly) if it’s backing a meth-testing scam that’s seeing people evicted from state houses and saddled with massive debts for non-existent “contamination,” few people are going to bother putting themselves on the list. Replace that shit government with one that actually builds new state houses and soon there’s a flood of people signing up.

    Psycho Milt

    September 14, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    • Onya Milt. Like the old joke about the new leader taking over from the old who had left office in disgrace and massive unpopularity. and being given 2 envelopes by his predecessor who told him,”if you ever get into trouble, open this one first, and then if the trouble persists, this second one later”.

      Initially all went well with the new government but after a while there was trouble: failed policies, media scandals and an angry public. Then the leader remembered the advice of his predecessor and opened the first envelope to find inside a piece of paper with the advice, “blame the previous government for all the problems”.

      Sure enough, once the leader had taken the advice all the PR problems of government subsided, but unfortunately only for a while. Soon the explanation no longer sufficed to make the failed policies, media scandals and an angry public go away. In desperation the leader pulled out the second envelope on which was written the advice,

      “Sit down and pull out two pieces of paper and a couple of envelopes and write some advice for your successor”.


      September 14, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    • Well sure, it’s certainly within the bounds of possibility that homelessness really has increased four-fold in three years due to some unexplained activity or lack of activity by the current government and that the biased MSM is refusing to cover this huge story because the biased MSM is so biased. But then, many highly unlikely things are within the bounds of possibility. Given that the actions of the previous government could reasonably be expected to suppress the list numbers, I’m not seeing much point in looking for highly unlikely explanations.

      Psycho Milt

      September 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    • Yeah, unlikely explanations.

      Me? I’m going for Occam’s Razor: the Government that failed spectacularly with Kiwibuild, reducing child poverty and can’t even accommodate a rugby tournament where highly focused, organised and health-conscience sports professionals can be relied on to manage a quarantine bubble of 60 people

      …is incompetent.


      September 14, 2020 at 9:19 pm

  6. Milt perhaps Labour selling $30m of State Houses when they said they weren’t selling any didn’t help the situation… just asking for a homeless friend.

    Funny HCNZ must be full of Leftards, its amazing how the Key Govt was able to suppress the list numbers and outwit all those ‘tards” without them catching on.

    Even for you Milt that reeks of desperation…..better to stop digging.


    September 14, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    • You can’t think unless it’s in terms of conspiracy theories, can you? No-one’s suggesting some devious plot by the Key government to suppress the homelessness stats.

      Psycho Milt

      September 15, 2020 at 9:02 am

  7. Gotta love Milt’s true-believer dedication to the cause.

    Homelessness: Quadrupled.
    Kiwibuild: Aborted
    Child Poverdy: Still growing
    Climate Change: Done nothing.

    What else did Labour campaign on in 2017?

    Did Labour manage to deliver on any of they key election planks?

    It’s really hard to think of a government that has failed so spectacularly to achieve what they promised.

    But easy to predict one.

    So… having displayed this nuclear grade degree of hopeless, bumbling incompetence, and having saddled us with never seen before levels of debt, and never seen before levels of economic collapse, and once subsidies end, I predict never seen before levels of unemployment, hands up who thinks they have the tools required to deal with this economic catastrophe for the next three years?

    I see Milt with his hand up. Bless him!

    John JohnO

    September 15, 2020 at 8:23 am

    • Lol, the government hasn’t solved poverty, fixed a long-developing housing crisis and ended climate change in its three years in office, what utter incompetence!

      …I predict never seen before levels of unemployment…

      Wow, bold prediction! I can’t think of any other observer world-wide who’s picking record levels of unemployment in the near future for developed countries. Are you really sure about that?

      …hands up who thinks they have the tools required to deal with this economic catastrophe for the next three years?

      I doubt anyone standing for Parliament is capable of dealing with what’s coming without a lot of mistakes and unintended consequences, not being superhuman an’ all. However, we do have a fairly easy comparison in that we can be confident a Collins-led government would take a similar approach to the UK and US governments, which is one reason so few people are inclined to vote for it.

      Psycho Milt

      September 15, 2020 at 9:11 am

  8. Not only have they not fixed the problems they promised to fix, Milt… the problems have got worse. But nice attempt at twisting the wording of the argument though.

    John JohnO

    September 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm

  9. Heres one that got worse. Milt can explain this one too

    “In 2017 there were 343,590 students enrolled in tertiary education.

    In 2019 it dropped to 328,075.”

    Fees Free of course, the Labour way!!!


    September 15, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    • Explain it? Why yes, rossco, I can unravel this great mystery for you. The explanation is that fewer people chose to enroll in tertiary education in 2019 than in 2017. Any other difficult concepts I can explain for you?

      Psycho Milt

      September 15, 2020 at 6:19 pm

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