One teenager has taken the time and trouble to write to me. He tells how he and his mates are becoming politicised because they are aware of the adverse effect Len Brown’s rates hikes are having, not only on their parents, but also on some of the poorest families in the area.
I'm 16 years of age and go to high school at a college located in the Kaipatiki Local Board area. I’ve been talking with a few of my peers and found that even those I know that are not particularly interested in politics know about the rates hike and more importantly who is responsible. One friend I spoke to knew exactly how much their household increase was which happened to be $800 and blames it on the Mayor. This is the case with many others which I would never have thought were switched on to politics and could not stand Len Brown and more importantly how much he is costing his parents.
My high school is situated in the heart of the Birkdale suburb which is right next to Beach Haven. These suburbs contain large pockets of low socio-economic areas with the streets dotted with state homes. The saddest thing about this rate rise is that these ratepayers are one of the hardest hit with a 16.1% hike that I know will dig deep into their already emptied pockets.
As Alex demonstrates in his letter, children of parents suffering under the burdensome rates hikes of Len Brown and his ‘Terrible Ten’ mates are well aware of what is going on in Auckland and they don’t like it. When these teenagers are old enough to vote it won’t be Len Brown and his ‘Terrible Ten’ mates who they’ll be putting first on the ballot paper. They’ll be consigning them to the rubbish heap where they belong.