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Hone Harawira arrested

Press Release – Quality Housing For All

Protesters that on Thursday afternoon occupied a state home that had been taken from
Glen Innes to Mt Wellington, have been being arrested by police. Mana party leader
Hone Harawira has been arrested along with three other protesters.Hone Harawira arrested

Quality Housing For
All

Protesters that on Thursday afternoon occupied a state
home that had been taken from Glen Innes to Mt Wellington,
have been being arrested by police. Mana party leader Hone
Harawira has been arrested along with three other
protesters.

The Tamaki Housing Action Group has been
fighting against the removal of houses and eviction of
families. The agreement signed by Mayor Len Brown and the
Minister of Housing Phil Heatley in August has seen the
formation of the Tamaki Redevelopment Company which serves
to gentrify the working-class suburb of Pasifika and Maori
families. THAG says this is pulling apart their community
for the purpose of privatizing houses owned by the
public.

On Tuesday protestors occupied the Auckland
Town Hall where Brown’s office is. GI resident Makelesi
Ngata said, “Glen Innes is a community, not a company. The
benefits our people, especially our young people, get from
belonging to a strong community like GI – these benefits
should never be sold for short-term profits.”

For
six months protestors have been picketing the twice weekly
house removals from Glen Innes, getting arrested and then
released with no charges. Protestors have been injured in
these pickets: last week a 22-year-old female was concussed
when the the police line violently pushed protestors up the
road.

Houses are being removed under the cover of
night whilst Housing New Zealand has closed its offices in
Glen Innes shutting down the ability of state house tenants
to talk directly to the government agency. Residents have
been coming out, but the presence of paddy-wagons and scores
of police officers is intimidating. Housing New Zealand has
been sending officials out to tenants’ homes telling them if
they protest their house will be next.

ENDS

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