Niki Rauti is one stubborn woman that’s costing plane loads of money in legal costs

Photo / Greg Bowker via NZ Herald

The people in Glen Innes want places to live.  So the government wants to bowl over all those cold, leaky, mouldy, killer homes and build nice, well insulated modern apartments.  And many more to boot, so they can tackle the housing crisis.

Niki doesn’t like it.  She wants to stay in the home the taxpayer has provided for her and she refuses to move out.

A Glen Innes resident facing eviction from her home of more than two decades has taken her fight to the Auckland District Court this afternoon.

In February the Tenancy Tribunal granted a possession order of the former state house Ioela (Niki) Rauti, 62, has called home for 21 years to a housing development company.

Today she’s seeking appeal against the decision that gave possession of the house at 14 Taniwha St to the Tamaki Regeneration Company.

Her house is one of 2800 state houses TRC has pinpointed to be replaced with thousands of new homes over the coming years.

The company wants the house and her land for redevelopment; but Rauti has so far refused to leave, despite orders to do so and offers of alternative houses nearby.

They should just get started.  They do in other parts of the world when stubborn old coots get in the way

She accepted there was a minor error in paper work which hadn’t clarified Tamaki Housing Association was the landlord, a subsidiary acting on behalf of the TRC.

The lawyer argued a variation in the name of the company dealing with Rauti was a minor error that did not invalidate its rights.

“She was not misled.”

The TRC’s lawyer maintained as far back as March 2015 Rauti was informed there would be a change in ownership and that there had been regular communication with the TRC since it took over.

The judge has reserved his decision.

Speaking to Rauti outside the courts after the hearing; she seemed overwhelmed with the process and did not want to comment in detail.

“My head is spinning.”

At today’s hearing the Tamaki Regeneration Company indicated a home 700 metres away from her current one remained available if she chose to move into it.

It’s not her home.  Get out.


– NZ Herald


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