The state house bludgers of Glen Innes still think they are living in their own houses…they are not, they are living in our houses and for some reason they think they shouldn’t have to move.
They’ve even roped in a political sell out in their battle.
Simon Collins, as usual, is pimping the poor again:
Former MP Hone Harawira has been called in to try to ease tensions in Glen Innes after a rock was thrown at a removal man trying to move a state house out of the area last year.
Mr Harawira, who was arrested at an earlier protest against the house removals in 2012, introduced the state tenants’ group last week to the man who has bought nine of their houses and wants to take a further 30 – Ricky Houghton of He Korowai Trust in Kaitaia.
Their arrival surprised the protest group at their regular Tuesday night meeting at Glen Innes Primary School and two members walked out.
Mr Houghton said those who stayed expressed their anger about his trust buying their homes.
“For the very first time, I saw and felt their frustration and their fear,” he said. “It just made me cry, but I was not crying because of my situation, I was crying with them.
They were crying too.”
His mission followed a halt put on house removals after a series of violent incidents. Housing NZ chief executive Glenn Sowry said none had been removed since protesters blocked a removal truck last October.
“The blocking of this last scheduled relocation from Torrington Crescent followed a series of increasingly dangerous incidents at earlier house removals, including the destruction of a removal truck engine, and a contractor being knocked unconscious by a rock thrown at his head.”
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