Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Bypass Occupation: Transit The Real Criminals

Bypass Building Occupation: Transit The Real Criminals Says CBC

2 April 2002

Campaign for a Better City (CBC) spokesperson Roland Sapsford today said CBC supported the people who reoccupied a vacant heritage building on the route of the proposed inner-city "bypass" in Wellington.

"CBC was not involved in organising this protest but we understand the motivation of those who acted and we support their action in drawing attention to the problems Transit has created along this part of the "bypass" route." said Mr Sapsford

Around 30 people protesting the proposed inner-city bypass spent the night in the former Tonks Family homestead at the end of Tonks Avenue. This building has most recently been known as Stagecraft Theatre.

In a symbolic act of defiance 6 people remained after being told to leave by 9am and were arrested mid morning. Around 50 police were present.

Mr Sapsford said Transit has neglected buildings along the route for decades and its eviction of tenants early this year simply created another risk to these vulnerable heritage properties. Mr Sapsford said neglect and eviction, rather than occupation of buildings, were the real crime being committed in Tonks Avenue.

"Boarded up buildings and security guards are a poor substitute for well-maintained tenanted buildings - since tenants were evicted there has been an upsurge in vandalism and theft".

"This peaceful occupation demonstrates that this area is loved, lived in and, given half a chance people will put these buildings to use".

Transit needs to start working with the community to get buildings occupied and maintained. Mr Sapsford said those occupying the Stagecraft building said they wanted to create a community centre there. He said community members have also offerred to do repairs if Transit will pay for materials.

"Transit needs to accept the bypass has neither construction funding nor Historic Places Trust Authorisation and start working with people to repair and maintain these buildings as residential properties. Agreeing to retant Stagecraft as a community centre would be a good start."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news