10 Oct 2009

Women lose second appeal in gang house wrangle

9:10 am on 10 October 2009

A group of Lower Hutt women with gang connections has lost a second appeal against eviction from state housing.

In March, five families were told they had 90 days to leave their Housing New Zealand properties after a spate of intimidation complaints in the suburb of Pomare.

Three women are refusing to move despite the Tenancy Tribunal and the Lower Hutt District Court upholding the government agency's right to evict them.

In the High Court in Wellington on Wednesday, the women's lawyers argued that evictions discriminated against them because of their family status.

Justice Wild has rejected the appeal and ordered that the women leave their state houses by 30 October.

Justice Wild ordered Housing New Zealand to pay the costs, saying the precedent set by this test case will benefit the agency in the future.