I have three wonderful flatmates that I have known for years – Anne-Elise Smithson

How common is it to have flatmates at least one time in our lives?

I think it’s very common for people to live with flatmates. I’m a renter and I have three wonderful flatmates that I have known for years.

There can sometimes be social attitudes of looking down on people who rent. I think this is a shame and something we need to change, especially in Auckland where house prices are currently beyond reach for most people.

I would love to see more sustainable, affordable, secure tenancy in New Zealand. This is especially good for social cohesion as it’s good for people to feel connected to their communities and feel they can stay a while.  

– Anne-Elise Smithson, The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand