8 Feb 2011

Woman's distress at 24 hour eviction notice

9:36 am on 8 February 2011

One of three Lower Hutt women fighting eviction by Housing New Zealand says she was distraught when she was given 24 hours to leave her home.

Billy Taylor, Robyn Winther and Huia Tamaka were originally issued with an eviction notice in March 2009 because of allegations of violence and intimidation.

The trio accuse Housing New Zealand of breaching the Bill of Rights but the Court of Appeal dismissed their claim in December.

Ms Taylor, who has six children aged from one to 16, says a bailiff turned up at her home with a police escort on Monday morning and told her she had 24 hours to vacate the property.

She says she was very upset by the lack of warning.

On Monday afternoon the women's lawyer Liz Hall obtained an interim injunction against the evictions, pending a hearing by the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

She told Morning Report Housing New Zealand has always wanted to remove the women come hell or high-water.