One would have thought the progress of the Christchurch City Council, consideration of the housing stock, much of which has been paid for over and over, maintenance a small % would prevail. The housing stock is the home for many that have been displaced, socially beaten or in the face of a National disaster of earthquakes a haven for many, a home. For New Zealand the city council units for example could be called the refugee “camps” for good citizens of cross cultural needs.
However when one asks Christchurch City Council for a stove that works, instead of using a gas burner for camping, and a replacement stove arrives the following happened:
The replacement stove of 8-10 years plus age ( the existing one beyond repair of a life of approximately 20 years plus that food tasted toxic from fumes, the oven useless) around the knobs was 2mm of grime, the silver circles underneath about 4mm of dirt excess burnt residual of food, the under plates one would have to get a steel brush to take of burnt food and filth. The elements were well worn, the oven itself full of grime of a fatty nature from previous cooking, The stove body was greasy /waxy to touch. The warming draw seem to have housed a family of mice perhaps.
Christchurch City Council as landlord this is unacceptable, second hand is not the question but to be presented with a filthy, unhygienic, aged appliance to cook with is a disgrace. Social housing is essential. a heartbeat to the city to care for it’s citizens, young, old, special needs, the able and disable, and for New Zealand we can do better than this.
How about aid to its own citizens, some of these units are leaking, no insulation and to be presented to cook ones food with a filthy second hand appliance is incomprehensible.
WE are all in this together , it is the small things that really count.