Associate Housing Minister responds to criticism over Kāinga Ora's eviction policy

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 25 Nov 2021, 1:19PM
Police Minister Poto Williams. (Photo / File)
Police Minister Poto Williams. (Photo / File)

Associate Housing Minister responds to criticism over Kāinga Ora's eviction policy

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 25 Nov 2021, 1:19PM

Flames are licking around the feet of Kāinga Ora bosses and Associate Housing Minister Poto Williams, as calls mount for the no evictions policy to be scrapped by the state landlord. 

Litigation Lawyer Adina Thorn says the no evictions policy has to end - she's been inundated with dozens of stories from neighbours of Kāinga Ora tenants who have endured all sorts of abuse. 

For example, an elderly couple is being terrorised by Black Power neighbours in Whangarei. 

They have been left terrified and fearing for their lives, since intimidating Kāinga Ora neighbours moved in earlier this year. 

One of the residents allegedly threatened the 82-year-old husband saying he would slit his throat. 

Overnight, a statement from Kāinga Ora was released that says: 

“While Kāinga Ora has a Sustaining Tenancies policy, it is not a No Evictions policy. 

Kāinga Ora will both move people as a last resort, in very limited circumstances. However, moving people may also bring other issues where children and schools are involved, or family support networks and other support services are involved because moving someone does not remove the underlying problems" 

Associate Housing Minister Poto Williams joined Kerre McIvor. 

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