‘Can you help me?’: The quiet desperation of New Zealand’s housing crisis

‘Can you help me?’: The quiet desperation of New Zealand’s housing crisis

The Guardian

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With prices soaring, many fear they will never be able to buy. Others will try anything as the crisis threatens to define a generation

On finding herself shut out of the property market, Nicole Thorburn looked for a side door.

At 29, Thorburn had been living with her parents for seven years to save for a deposit on her first home in Thames, a small town on the Coromandel Peninsula north of Auckland – but the pandemic has sent already buoyant prices skyrocketing.

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