So, why is Gerry Brownlee so keen on leaving homeless Christchurch residents to the mercy of the market? Today he was questioned about it in Parliament, and responded with utter denial. Then, I checked his entry in Parliament's Register of Pecuniary Interests [PDF] and discovered this:
Property, Ilam, ChristchurchYes, that's right: Brownlee is a landlord. I wonder whether he's benefiting from these exorbitant rents he doesn't want to do anything about?
Property, Bryndwr, Christchurch
Property, Fendalton, Christchurch