13 more arrests defending state housing in Glen Innes
Mana support for delegation to parliament next Wednesday
13 further arrests were made last night as the government moved two
more state houses from Glen Innes with the aim to socially and
ethnically cleanse areas of the suburb for high-cost housing.
night’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
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 Mana Vice President John Minto – will appear in the Auckland District Court on Monday.
In the meantime Mana will be supporting a march to parliament next
Wednesday (12noon from Civic Square) made up of delegations from Glen
Innes (Auckland) , Maraenui (Napier) and Pomare (Lower Hutt). The delegations will present the following petition to parliament: To the House of Representatives
We the undersigned respectfully request that the New Zealand House of
Representatives accept that quality affordable housing is a state
responsibility and take immediate action to sort out the current housing
crisis for low-income New Zealanders and in particular act to ensure -
• 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eviction notices for “urban renewal” programmes be withdrawn pending the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.