Aug. 26, 2020, 12:11 p.m.
"Our politicians need to remember that every night when they go home to their warm houses and have a nice hot shower and a hot cuppa tea and they don't have to carry their water from down the hill to their whare. Just, be humble, remember where you come from."
Every day Rhonda Zielinski at Kai Manaaki Services works alongside whānau to get the support they need and time and time again housing is emerging as the greatest need. Many whānau are found to be living without basic services such as running water, hot or cold, and good water collection. The conditions that many whānau are enduring would shock most New Zealanders.
COVID-19 has seen many whānau pushed out of the cities through job losses and rent affordability to return to live on their tūpuna whenua. For one father living in a van with his 10-year-old daughter, Kai Manaaki was able to support him into a better situation, but there are still many more living in substandard homes. Funding has been made available to Te Hau Ora Ngāpuhi to assess and support more whānau.
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