Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Tenants to protest against the Tāmaki Redevelopment Co

State housing tenants to protest against the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company

The Tāmaki Housing Group are holding a protest today, Friday 8 May, outside the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC). This protest is in response to the Government’s recently released plan to privatise 2,800 state houses through a stock transfer to TRC.

TRC formed in 2013 through the Heads of Agreement between the Auckland Council and the Government. TRC’s main shareholders are Auckland Council (41%), Minister of Finance Bill English (29.5%) and Minister of Building and Housing Nick Smith (29.5%).

TRC’s model for the wider Tāmaki area was to revitalise the area and build a mixture of housing - social, affordable and private. They are now taking on the role of landlord, with no prior experience in acting as social landlords.

Under the social housing reforms, state houses are being transferred to community housing groups, but also to developers. These community groups do not have the capacity to look after these houses without significant government subsidy.

The Salvation Army rejected the offer of ex-state houses based on figures which proved the inability of CHPs to sustainably manage large-scale transfers. Internationally, when public housing has been given to charities or companies it results in progressive privatisation where the housing is eventually sold and tenants are evicted.

Glen Innes was the pilot project for the rest of Tāmaki, where redevelopment companies have been involved in a state-led gentrification process under the disguise of urban renewal. This has involved the eviction of tenants and the removal or demolition of state houses.

TRC have already been involved in the destruction of the community of Glen Innes, where the poor are being evicted so that the wealthy can move in. They have silenced the voices of community members who are concerned with their future through a lack of consultation and they have not been upfront about their role in the redevelopment with the people directly affected.

This protest is a call to action to all state housing tenants, especially those in the Tāmaki area - Panmure, Point England, and Glen Innes. This redevelopment company is not working for you to make your communities better, they are there to make profit off the increased land values.

Join the Tāmaki Housing Group at 12PM this Friday 8 May outside the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company offices, 244 Apirana Ave, Glen Innes.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, the adversity has only accentuated just how close we are to Beijing Nothing wrong with being upbeat, if it can calm the nerves and turn business sentiment into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The problems begin when the optimism detaches itself from reality. What has been very odd so far about the coronavirus episode is that global share markets – normally spooked by mere sneezes or sniffles in the world’s major economies - have continued to be fairly positive, even as the epidemic has unfolded... More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


 

Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals
Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. More>>

ALSO:

UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>

ALSO:

2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>

ALSO:


Auditor-General's Report : Water Management

The Auditor-General’s report Reflecting on our work about water management was presented to the House of Representatives today. Over the last two years we have been looking at how well public organisations are carrying out their water management ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels