6 May 2009

Human rights complaint over evictions of Mob members

1:31 pm on 6 May 2009

The Human Rights Commission is considering a complaint in relation to impending evictions of five Mongrel Mob families from state houses in Pomare, Lower Hutt.

Housing New Zealand issued the households in Farmer Crescent with 90 day notices in early March - after gang intimidation forced a woman and her two children to flee the neighbourhood.

In late March, the agency apologised for mistakenly giving the Mongrel Mob the contact details of the complainant.

It later emerged that the police, too, left behind a confidential document detailing a raid on the street.

Housing New Zealand is not budging from the looming eviction date on 1 June, despite the complaint to the commission.

The commission won't reveal who's behind the complaint, but says it will be considered under the Human Rights Act and could proceed to mediation within a fortnight.