PHOTO: LIZ MCDONALD/STUFF Wages haven’t kept up with rent rises.

Whangarei woman Evelyn Sutherland has lived in her rented home in the central city for the past three years.

In that time the rent has risen 15 per cent.

“This house is a bit small for my family but we put up with it because trying to find something that will our animals is a mission.”

She now pays $395 a week and expects that would jump to more than $400 if she had to shift.



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