24 Jun 2011

HNZ gives evidence at Pomare hearing

4:05 pm on 24 June 2011

A senior Housing New Zealand official has told a tribunal hearing anti-social behaviour by men connected with three of its tenants in the Hutt Valley led to those tenants being evicted.

The three women concerned have gone to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, claiming the evictions are unfair and are punishing them for the actions of their Mongrel Mob member partners.

Housing New Zealand's chief operating officer Stephen McArthur told the tribunal on Friday the anti-social behaviour had a significant impact on the organisation's other tenants in the Pomare neighbourhood.

He said the 90-day eviction notices were re-worded because there was concern that the earlier wording might suggest a link between the notices and gang affiliation, which wasn't the case.

Mr McArthur said two of the women's homes were now due to be demolished as part of a redevelopment of Housing New Zealand homes in the Pomare area.

In cross-examination he said whether or not the women could be re-homed there would depend on their level of need when the development is completed.