Housing crisis — march on parliament

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Thirteen further arrests were made last week in Glen Innes as the government moved two more state houses. On Wednesday, people from across NZ will march on parliament to deliver a petition in favour of affordable housing.

Groups from across the country are coming to demand an end to all evictions and sale of state houses; for Housing New Zealand (HNZ) to let all vacant state houses to families in crisis; a withdrawal of the draconian requirements to get a state house; a reopening of all HNZ offices and the construction of 20,000 new state homes.

The march will depart Civic Square, Wellington, at 12 noon, Wednesday 7th November.

A delegation from Glen Innes will be joining with delegations from Maraenui in Napier and Pomare in Lower Hutt to take a petition to parliament on Wednesday demanding the following:

  • All Housing New Zealand “urban renewal” programmes in Glen Innes, Maraenui, Pomare and other areas be halted so communities can discuss and negotiate the “renewals” with Housing New Zealand.
  • All 90-day eviction notices for “urban renewal” programmes be withdrawn pending the outcome of community negotiations with affected communities.
  • The criteria for access to a HNZ home revert to the requirements prior to July 2011.
  • Vacant state houses in all NZ communities be immediately let to families in crisis.
  • The company to oversee housing redevelopment in Tamaki—the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company—be disestablished immediately.
  • Reopen all Housing New Zealand offices around the country.
  • A major state-house building and renovation programme be started—aim to build 20,000 new state houses within two years.

Glen Innes rising

Weekly protest actions are taking place against the removal of houses. The next action will take place this Thursday, 8th November, from 7pm at 45 Apirana Ave, Glen Innes

Global Peace and Justice Auckland writes:

We need lots of cameras to monitor police activity and keep people safe. We will be defending our rights to peaceful protest as the police attempt to escort more state houses from Glen Innes. Last Thursday 13 people were arrested following aggressive police mishandling of non-violent, passive resistance to the removal of state houses from GI.

The police have become increasingly violent in their handling of these protests but the Glen Innes community is not deterred. Protests will continue this coming Thursday at 7pm in Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes. The protests are calling for a moratorium on the proposed Glen Innes “redevelopment” so negotiations with the community can tak place.

Earlier in October, Mana Party leader Hone Harawira was also arrested (while sitting in his car listening to music). Last week’s protest was the largest late night protest yet and brought the largest number of arrests as well as long delays in moving the houses.

The police and Housing New Zealand have been trying to paint the protests as the work of outsiders and the police make often strenuous efforts to avoid arresting local residents in favour of people they know from outside the area. That changed last night with the arrest of one of the local women trying to prevent police manhandling of other protestors.

Community concern is growing across Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure at government plans to “redevelop” the area, not for local residents but for higher income families from outside the area. The locals will be forced to “relocate” to South or West Auckland.

The 13 arrested—including John Minto—appeared in the Auckland District Court on Monday.

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Can someone who is going to the protest take some photos and post them here?

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