First-home grant increase not enough to get us in the door

Dana Chandler-Brown says the surge of support for National feels like a slap in the face to those who are struggling in New Zealand’s housing market.

She and her industrial electrician husband have two children and rent a house in Te Atatu, West Auckland. But the $500 they pay each week is almost half his take-home pay.

The only way they can see to save any money is to move in with her father. “We will be paying less than market rent which means we can save,” she says. “Even if it’s only a small amount and even if it only means that when unexpected bills like car repairs come up they can be covered.”


Yvonne Kerr and Antony Paine are planning to move to Dubai to get enough money together to buy a house in Auckland.