Rich vs poor and Christmas entitlement

It’s a rough season for some. Two news stories already this week have shown people abjectly failing to plan for Christmas.

On the one hand we have the family turned down by the Salvation Army for Christmas aid “because they have relied on handouts rather than trying to help themselves”. On the other, the dad who doesn’t want to pay duty to release his imported Christmas presents from Customs.

The two stories are weirdly similar.

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How can we ensure quality rental housing?

Yesterday we heard that the Government plans to sell off some of its state houses. This morning’s news included this piece about substandard rental housing in Cannon’s Creek.

The article raises again the idea of a “warrant of fitness” for rental properties. The Cannon’s Creek advocate, Bill Hiku, is unconvinced, and I don’t blame him. Continue reading