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Support For Occupation Of Empty Council Flats

28th Feb 2002

The continuing occupation of empty pensioner units in Beresford Street, Freemans Bay, is an action that was supported by the recent public meeting on the sale of Council housing, attended by over 40 people, mainly pensioner and residential Council tenants, last Sunday in Freemans Bay.

The meeting indicated they supported taking direct action to prevent being moved from their homes, with majority support for the idea of withholding any rent increase, for refusing to move from their homes, and for occupying vacant units.

Although the Beresford Street flats are empty due to previous Councils' policies for rationalisation and modernisation of pensioner housing stock, they are being used to focus on the new Council's policy to sell off ALL their housing stock in due course. General residential housing is under immediate threat.

"Efforts by Councillor David Hay and Mayor John Banks to deflect attention away from this inhumane and thoughtless decision is outright hypocrisy and cowardise."

There will be a protest and rally in Aotea Square at 5.30pm today before the Council meeting at 6pm in the Town Hall when the sales strategy for the general residential housing will be ratified, and the first 12 (empty) properties will be agreed to be sold.

The sale of the Council's housing stock will one of the many issues which will be highlighted on the March on March 16th, 11am from QE2 square to Myers Park, organised by Wake Up Auckland.

Sigrid Shayer, spokesperson for the meeting Ph/fax: 09 3611517 email: sigridshayer@ezysurf.co.nz, 12/7 Hayden Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland

and Maureen Alexander, spokesperson for the pensioners at the meeting ph 378 9139

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