The Hidden Industry
For two decades, small factories around the country have been manufacturing a home-grown solution. Called mobile homes/cabins, factory-made in about two weeks, they are towed to site where they are leveled and hooked up in about two hours & the family moves in. They are warm, dry, safe, efficient and most importantly, immediate & affordable.
There are tens of thousands of these units located all over the country. The factories are turning out dozens, perhaps even hundreds per month and it works because there is no bureaucracy leaching the lifeblood out of the industry. The units are stronger than buildings because their first test is delivery on a long road trip over some of the nation’s worst roads.
Unlike the complicated building industry that suffered a catastrophe with the leaking/rotting home crisis, the mobile home industry makes simple products that have never had health, safety, performance or durability issues. The industry operates quietly and with little public notice because the media has little interest in the struggling class.
Mobile Homes can be an interim, immediate solution that fills the gap while the government takes the years, even decade required to come up with an adequate, long-term solution.
Unlike buildings which can take a year to build and commit the land for half a century or more, mobile homes literally can be here today, gone tomorrow – redeployed to the next family that needs them.
They can be emergency housing, Civil Defence housing and they can be housing for seasonal workers on farms and in tourism areas that depend on young people on youth work visas. They also can be part of a lease-to-purchase plan where the renter gets a hand up on the property ladder.
A 29 m² home may seem tight to a member of the comfortable class, including MPs in Parliament and public servants in Wellington, but for a family living on the grandparents lounge floor, or in a van, it is luxury.