Protest planned GI eviction
On March 7 a family are to be evicted from their Housing New Zealand home of 33 years in Glen Innes. They will be resisting this unjust eviction and require support.
The family are being evicted as part of the ‘redevelopment’ of the area. Although the eviction was originally due for next year, HNZ are evicting her family for alleged “anti-social behaviour”. The mother of the family is a known opponent to the ‘redevelopment’ of her community and we believe this to be the reason her eviction date has been moved forward.
The Family has decided to fight the eviction, and their right to remain in their home.
There will be a protest march commencing at 16 Taniwha Street Glen Innes to the home at 8 Melling Street, at 6pm on Thursday 6th March.
We believe that the ‘housing crisis’ is not addressed by the current Housing New Zealand policy of eviction and demonising low socio-economic families. The emphasis placed on relocating and redeveloping low socio-economic areas around the area including Glen Innes as well as Pomare, Wellington and Maraenui, Hawkes Bay is a distraction. The current housing policies have led to empty houses and caused severe emotional stress in these communities. The fracturing of communities through evictions leads to unsafe neighbourhoods and increasing vulnerability.
We are making a call out for support for the family to try and keep their home. A few suggestions are listed below; we will follow this initial letter up with a phone call.
- Public support for the family by way of a press release opposing HNZ and National’s treatment of the family.
- Sending donations to the Tamaki Housing Group bank account to help us continue our work in supporting the family 38-9014-0147012-00
- Attend our meetings at every Tuesday at 6pm a Glen Innes Primary, 40 Eastview Road, Glen Innes.