11 Nov 2011

Demolition barbecue warning to state house tenants

7:30 pm on 11 November 2011

People living in the Lower Hutt suburb of Pomare say their situation is a warning for all other New Zealanders living in state housing.

Pomare residents are holding a barbecue on a demolition site on Saturday in protest at Housing New Zealand's decision to demolish state houses in the area without allowing all residents to move back when reconstruction is complete.

A spokesperson for the community, Dina Awarau, says its purpose will be to warn other state housing tenants that they could end up in the same situation as the people of Pomare.

Ms Awarau says the housing agency's decision to demolish the houses has torn apart the community and left former residents feeling disconnected.