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Campbell Live

Christchurch's state housing crisis

Tuesday 10 Dec 2013 7:00p.m.

Christchurch's state housing crisis

Tonight Campbell Live looks at state houses in Christchurch and two very different takes on the same story.

There's Nellie Hunt – the woman living in a tent with her children. But then there's the broader issue.

As the city's new Mayor Lianne Dalziel told The Press, "What worries me is that Nellie is not alone. She has highlighted a bigger picture".

It's in that context that Campbell Live goes to Housing New Zealand to talk about the state housing stock in Christchurch.

They do still have empty homes, but why? Nellie is 40th on the waiting list for a house.

She moved into a tent in a park with her three children, but now she's found a home with a private landlord. In the end she was also offered Government housing.

However, she's opted stay in Waltham where her children go to school and the family has friends.    

Meanwhile, Housing New Zealand says 95 percent of its Canterbury properties were damaged in the earthquakes and 565 of them are now vacant awaiting either repair or the bulldozer.

But 400 families are on their waiting list. Surely, some of the vacant properties could accommodate them in the short term?

Today, Housing New Zealand took an Aranui community leader and reporter Whena Owen around some of those state houses to show us why they're empty.

Watch the video for John Sellwood and Whena Owen's reports.

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