PHOTO: John Campbell spoke with Teresa in Auckland. Source: Breakfast
Emergency housing is costing the taxpayer thousands of dollars for a very basic room, some with backed up toilets and multiple beds crowding a small space.
But one woman who lives at the accommodation described it as “heaven” and a damn sight better than where she previously lived – on a cardboard box in a car park.
Breakfast host John Campbell took a tour of one of New Zealand’s emergency housing facilities yesterday, after 1 NEWS revealed the Government paid the top 10 providers $75 million over the past four years.
That’s not the total cost, just what has gone to the top 10 providers – but some of it is for very basic accommodation and at very expensive rates, with some rooms costing $2000 a week.
At Auckland’s Oakwood Manor, Campbell saw rooms crammed with multiple beds, separate laundry rooms which costs extra to use, a tiny “kitchen” in a cupboard and even a toilet which backs up when someone in another unit flushes their waste.
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