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Pomare residents move into tents on land where state houses were demolished

Media release from Pomare Community
Members of the Pomare community will this weekend move to occupy the site of their demolished homes as a further protest at Housing New Zealand’s failure to act on their housing concerns.

Last week hundreds of residents and supporters attended a community rally to highlight the loss of their community and the community’s need for state housing.

From Saturday morning community members will move into tents erected on the demolition site surrounded by headstones and crosses representing the lost houses. Each headstone or cross shows the time the house had been lived in by local families, with some families being moved from houses they have lived in for over 40 years.

Korina Haua, Tolly Jackson and Yvonne Kapua lived next door to each other in Pomare for more than 30 years before being moved by Housing NZ. The three women are missing the support of their long term neighbours “We all looked after each other. I feel like I’ve moved from a community to a street where I don’t know anyone. We just want to be allowed to come back to Pomare when the redevelopment is done” said Ms Haua.

“This is not just about Pomare,” said community spokesperson Dina Awarau. “The same thing is happening in Glen Innes and it will be other communities next. Many low income families are already struggling to get affordable housing and Housing NZ selling land to private developers is only going to make that worse”.

Housing NZ called for tenders this week for developers to deliver a mix of private housing, social housing and corporation housing in Pomare with a maximum of 12 of the 72 proposed new homes to be owned by Housing NZ.

“This is asset sales by another name” said Ms Awarau. “If the National government get voted back in, low income families will end up living under the bridge”.

Who? Pomare Community Voice
What? Occupy Pomare
Where? Farmer Crescent, adjacent to Taita Drive intersection.
When? From 9am Saturday, 19 November 2011


  1. Geoff, 18. November 2011, 19:20

    Low income or no income?
    Their houses or the state’s houses?
    These people need to pay rent like the rest of us.

  2. Geoffrey Robert Burns, 19. November 2011, 11:55

    $9billion to spend on roads. $40million on housing, when there is a speculated over-inflated property market so most people either don’t have the income to mortgage their life to a bank, or must pay two thirds of their income on rent and don’t have security of tenure.
    Is the idea that we need lots more roads so that people have plenty of street to sleep on?

  3. Rick Livingston Bagel, 19. November 2011, 17:04

    What, Geoffrey? Seriously? We should just bail out everybody who decides to have five kids and live in a state home? More state houses is the answer? Almost all of these people have kids, and more than one. We need to send a clear message that no, it’s not cool to have kids you cannot afford. People need to take some responsibility and some accountability and plan ahead.

    I am sick of tuning into shows such as Campbell Live and hearing the constant moaning about the price of bread and milk, and oh, ‘young families can’t afford it’. Then don’t f’n have kids. Stop buying cars, and houses you can’t afford with mortgages that you can’t afford.

    The whole thing is nonsense. People need to wake up and stop complaining about handouts. They should be a very last resort for absolute emergencies. Instead what they are creating is a lifestyle, as backed up by this article. Living for 40 years in state housing? Having some sort of community? Please. This is just sickening. I’ve been past many of these blocks too. Never before have I consumed so much second hand smoke and almost tasted the alcohol lingering on the concrete. It’s disgusting. I’m sick of the socialist semi-commy hippie occupy people too.

  4. Chelsea, 20. November 2011, 7:41

    Quite frankly, by attacking people with low income, you show your ignorance for the state of our country. I would recommend making an attempt to gather more information before you spew your opinions onto the internet. It’s ignorant opinions, like yours, that create a situation within which the most needy of our society is persecuted. “Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members — the last, the least, the littlest.” ~Cardinal Roger Mahony, in a 1998 letter, Creating a Culture of Life

  5. Laura, 20. November 2011, 10:28

    If they have the will to protest, they are capable of lifting themselves out of the poverty/vicious circle of state house dependency. This would start with the government taking a hard line on capping liquor licenses, so that these people have a chance! I’d rather see my tax dollars go into training schemes than state houses that breed a sense of entitlement.

  6. Manson, 20. November 2011, 14:35

    Yikes more ignorance, Laura. People do not live in state houses because of liquor licensing. Don’t separate people into ” these people.” They are just people who are living in poverty in NZ .
    Training schemes are good, but JOBS are needed.
    Try showing some kindness – it is one of the better human traits .