ed:..i went to the public meeting on housing last nite in blockhouse bay..
where nick smith and paula bennett tried to talk their way out of the crisis..
..and i was there for one reason only – there was a question i wanted to ask paula bennett…about p-contaminated state houses..and this making them uninhabitable..
and that is ‘cos i heard a segment in a show called ‘this way up’ on national radio on saturday afternoon..(available on their website..)
and in this piece the host interviewed an expert on contamination..
and this expert had some interesting things to say about this subject..
he noted that you had to differentiate between houses that had been used as p-labs and those where p had been smoked..
as the former – ‘cos of all the chemicals used in that manufacture – is most definitely polluted and needs cleaning..
but that this is not the case when p has been detected from smoking/using the drug..
and the following answers from this expert pinned my ears back…when asked what is the actual level of contamination from just p use…and the danger this poses to any inhabitants of that house..?
he said the contamination level would be the same as in a house where people had smoked cigarettes…
and here is the rub….that it posed no danger to anyone living there..
so let’s just pause for a moment – and digest this information…
‘cos as i understand it any traces of p detected in a state house means the tenants are turfed out..and the house left empty..and deemed to be contaminated..and awaiting cleaning..(at an enormous cost to the taxpayer..)
and no matter what angle you look at that information from..it is still a curly one..eh..?
we have state houses that are empty but not contaminated – and we have made the tenants homeless…and we are going to spend an eye-watering amount of money
so this is what i wanted to ask minister bennett about..so i tucked the dog into my jacket and we scootered over to this meeting..
we dutifully stood through the prepared speeches from bennett and smith..
(my god..!..smith could bore for new zealand..)
..and he deserves a special groin-stretcher/howler-award for his conflating the 33,000 land-banked/empty houses in auckland – with the number of people who are away on holiday/business on any given day…(!)..so therefor ‘no problem!’ he cheerfully chirped..
whoar.!..i thought..(but i had other matters to attend to with my one question..)
so..back to bennett and the p-contaminated houses…
questiontime came and i laid this information before bennett…and she did not deny the accuracy of these facts..(!)….and her answer was that this is going to be fixed with some ‘new set of standards’ that would kick in at some indetermined time in the future..(!)
this was double-whoar..!..here was bennett admitting that some (how many?)so-called p-contaminated empty state houses are not actually contaminated..and therefore quite habitable here/now/today..w.t.f!..eh..?
and here is where i kick myself for not honing in on this..instead i opined that this situation suited bennett/this govt just fine…as it fitted with their ideological-plans to degrade/run-down/sell-off the state housing stock…(and gives them a convenient set of scapegoats to hang out before their core base..to be flogged at will..)
..and that i thought that this cleaning p from houses was in many cases..(clearly where p has just been smoked..) is just a total scam….stick on some white overalls – clean an uncontaminated house…and then stick yer hand out for about 30 grand a pop/house….
what a feckin’ wheeze..!..eh..?
so…trying to catch up on my failure there…here are the follow-up questions i wanted to ask paula bennett…
1)..so..you admit that some of these uninhabitable state houses are actually not p-contaminated (haven’t been used as p-labs..)….
how many of the 450(?) you cited as one of the reasons for the homeless…are actually inhabitable..?
2) how long have you known that houses that have only been smoked in actually pose no risk to any tenants/families living in them..?
..and why have you done nothing to differentiate between houses used as labs…and those just smoked in….
(and how can you countenance the miseries/huge costs to taxpayers your sledgehammer/nuance-free approach creates…)…?
3)..and if you know this why are you still citing that lab+user number as the totality of yr problem….?…as you just did in your speech..?
(any mp’s wishing to quizz bennett on this are welcome to use the above questions..i know i would like to hear those answers..)
..and i would have finished with an observation to bennett..that as someone who was addicted to heroin/cocaine for far too long and who came thru the other side…that l find her approach to p-addicts/users with what is essentially a health-issue..(not a bloody moral issue..!..for you/others to sit in judgement on what is an illness..(!)…addiction is an illness..haven’t you heard..?..and is usually transitory…
i find your approach of making them/their families homeless/harried/stigmatised..to be beyond feckin’ vile…inhumane..cruel..all that and more…
so..on to newshub….or the name i call them/they have earned…newschlub…and their epic fail…
now colour me untutored..but i feel the fact that a large number of the claimed p-contaminated/uninhabitable state houses being both not actually contaminated..and entirely habitable here/now/today..and that number verifiable by the actual chemicals detected in that initial testing…and the minister admitting that…would be kinda news-worthy…eh..?
..and i know someone from newschlub was there….i saw the logo…
..so i got up this morning expecting newshub/henry show to be paying some attention to these revelations…
but..yeah..nah..eh..?…just the same/usual ‘feral-rent-a-crowd’ sneers….and to compound this they actually featured bennett repeating her (known to her) big-lie of these terrible people wrecking 450 + state houses/causing homelessness/costing the state a fortune to ‘clean’ these houses that don’t actually need cleaning – are not contaminated..
did you miss it..?..newschlub-person..?…….didn’t think it was/is important..?
..i was the guy with the dog in his jacket…eh..?..remember…?
..words fail me..eh..?