31 Aug 2011

Women win battle to stay in state homes

8:59 pm on 31 August 2011

A long-running battle to evict three women from state houses has ended.

Huia Tamaka, Robyn Winther and Billy Taylor, who have links to the Mongrel Mob gang, were first told to leave the Lower Hutt suburb of Pomare in early 2009 and have fought the case in five courts since.

In rejecting the case last week, the Human Rights Review Tribunal asked that Housing New Zealand reflect carefully about whether pursuing the evictions any further was necessary.

The judgement said since February 2009 there has been no suggestion of any further anti-social behaviour linked to any of the women's addresses, the women have paid their rent and complied with the terms of their tenancies.

In a statement on Wednesday, the state landlord says it has considered a range of factors, including the women's need for housing and eligibility for a state home.

Housing New Zealand says the circumstances that exist today compared with two-and-a-half years ago make it necessary to let the women stay.