Good news last night of the Government rent subsidy package for those whose insurance money has run out. The trouble is that we won't reach that point until September, and what rentals will be left by then? Telling us they'll subsidise rent by $275 for a couple is fine, but imagine what landlords will be charging by then - if houses are available at all.
I note that the spin doctors had Gerry Brownlee presented as a regular bloke, minus tie and suit coat and dressed in a Bob Parker Action Man jacket, to present this. With the flag as a backdrop of course. After his blustering blunders on Campbell Live earlier this week, he needs all the image help he can get.
I didn't see any mention of a time limit; earlier this week he hinted that such a scheme may run for a year, but hopefully that's been dropped; we could be two years or more, given the rate the bureaucrats are moving on plans for land remediation.
UPDATE: There is a time limit. I found helpful information on the Rebuild Christchurch site;
"The financial assistance programme will initially run for two years until 17 February 2013 and will be reviewed before then."