Tonight I attended a meeting with tenants of Housing New Zealand. They came from Riccarton, from Bryndwr, from Shirley, from Edgeware.
They came because they have had letters from the Government telling them their houses are up for sale: part of the 2,500 HNZ houses the Government is looking to sell in Christchurch. Some of them told their stories.
The Press ran this article today on the impact on Mental health services and staff of the ‘unprecedented growth’ in demand for services in Canterbury following the 2010/11 earthquakes. Adult acute inpatient services are at capacity. Assaults on staff are up. Staffing ratios are at dangerous levels. The head-line said it all: specialist mental health services are on a knife edge.