Nowadays it is near impossible to deny that the path to home ownership is far more likely to be decided by what family you’re born into than how diligent and industrious you are.
Hard work isn’t enough to pay for a tiny overpriced hovel miles away from anywhere that will probably go for twice its value at auction.
There will be a group of landowners that sees no problem with the status quo.
To them I’d like to mention two terrifying phenomena: Brexit and Donald Trump.
While we comfort ourselves imagining that both Brexit and Trump’s ascension happened in countries vastly different to ours – we are missing the signs in our own society of deep social unrest.
Disenfranchised renters may be apathetic and depressed at the moment but it wouldn’t take much for a demagogue promising to ‘make New Zealand great again’ or simply to give them a fair wage and a realistic pathway to home ownership to amass a horde of impassioned supporters.
Which brings us to an uncomfortable truth.
For a large number of our population life in New Zealand isn’t all that great.
It’s probably better described as a constant struggle – whether it be to save for a deposit on an eye-wateringly expensive property in an overcooked market or to pay for school camp.
As a small number of haves find themselves in the cosy position of having even more the definition of the ‘have nots’ has widened to include even those with a tertiary education and a decent job.
And they’re understandably angry about it.
That anger will likely lead to decidedly unpleasant outcomes.