What housing crisis?
“Dunedin’s ‘dire’ housing situation is forcing some at-risk youth to engage in prostitution to get a place to sleep, or to sleep rough in cars, a Methodist Mission survey has revealed.
“Eleven of the 300 at-risk youth (aged between 16 and 20) who responded to the survey said they had engaged in prostitution for the ‘primary purpose of accommodation’.”
Mirror Services director Deb Fraser said a substantial number of its youth clients faced the prospect of homelessness.
“The young people who access our service already have many vulnerabilities due to their illnesses, histories (often traumatic) and other difficult social dynamics.”
“In our experience a substantial number of our young people often face homelessness or are in substandard or socially compromised living situations because of these vulnerabilities which then has escalating impacts for all manner of harm.”
Mr McLauchlan said boarding houses often put teenagers, particularly young women, at more risk.
“In many cases we are talking about youth living with majorly dysfunctional people and that can be an incredibly unhealthy environment for them to be in.
“They are reporting feeling unsafe, being assaulted, a lot of them are self-harming.”
Much of the accommodation on offer to at-risk youth was better suited to older men, he said.
“If you are a young woman there are very few temporary options.”
Only in New Zealand: $8,000 per road murder
New Zealand is he only country in the world where you can road murder three people (two women and an unborn child) and not go to jail.
American tourist, Thomas James Springer, 66, was disqualified from driving for 18 months and offered to pay reparation of $24,200 to the victims families at his sentencing in the Kaikohe District Court today.
He caused the head-on collision that killed Kylee Anne Rakich, 29, who was eight months pregnant (unborn baby was named Harper), and 44-year-old Virginia Keogh on April 30. He was driving on the wrong side of the road on State Highway 10 near Kerikeri. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/80487988/Tears-in-court-as-tourist-driver-avoids-jail-time-fine-after-deaths
‘Today is eviction day and we don’t have anywhere to go’
Numerous Auckland families are living in cars, garages and tents, while Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett has offered the homeless Aucklanders $5,000 to get out of town. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/80471682/Homeless-in-the-regions-Today-is-eviction-day-and-we-don-t-have-anywhere-to-go
Auckland Central weekly rent for 2 bedroom unfurnished houses, if you can find one, varies from $500 in Avondale to about $900 in Freemans Bay.
Road-Murders, Serious Injuries
Man killed in car crash near Christchurch
A man was killed after he was thrown from his vehicle in a car crash southwest of Christchurch on Friday night.
One seriously injured in crash on SH1 at Paekakariki
The accident happened just after 8.30am on Saturday, when a driver crossed the centre line near the intersection of Beach Road and hit a northbound vehicle head-on, police said.
Head-on car crash on State Highway 1
One male is critical (!) after a head-on car crash on State Highway 1, north of Taupo on Friday night.
NZ’s Shocking Electricity Grid
Car smashes into power pole, causes power surge in central North Island
A power surge in the central North Island was sparked by a car hitting a concrete power pole.
Powerlines spark house fire in Warkworth
Residents of a Warkworth home are uninjured after connecting powerlines sparked a house fire on Saturday morning.
230-volt powerlines down near children playing in Wellington
Cyclist shocked by downed powerlines in West Auckland