You have to be a very special author specialising in a particular theme to get your own adjective: Kafka worked out that things were really weird – Shakespeare was obsessed with power.
Work and Income lent a mother of eight more than $60,000 to cover the cost of emergency accommodation – a sum she had no hope of repaying. She was an extreme example of many similar cases.
An unemployed man living in his car placed an advertisement on a supermarket notice board offering to pay rent if he could park his car in a driveway and use the house’s bathroom.
Housing New Zealand – which provides housing to people who would otherwise be homeless – applied to evict 2591 of its own tenants in the 12 months to June.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service announced that the number of cases of rheumatic fever was 36 per cent higher for the first half of this year compared with the same period last year.
The Household Net Worth Survey disclosed that 10 per cent of people own 60 per cent of the country’s wealth and 40 per cent own a total of 3 per cent.
In Kaitaia in the Far North – where median personal income was $23,400 at the last Census – six people under 25 committed suicide within three months.
The reason was ‘a sense of hopelessness and helplessness of the young people’ according to a community leader.
‘They believe the sun isn’t going to come up any more’.
Lifeline – the free phone helpline for people with mental health and other problems – notably those considering suicide – said it would close after 52 years when the Government said it would not be renewing its contract with the service.