Well, given the history of this story, and the expose on the cost to the taxpayers of this matter of a quarter of a million dollars for security, time and lawyers there was no doubt that Housing NZ will be approaching the final outcome of this story with the full force of the law and its support network.
Expect a media scrum, and a lot of posturing by those involved as the issue around these Farmers Cres residents is finally brought to a head. This will make a media dream, woman evicted with their families while the cameras roll, oh the drama!
The only alternative is a High court appeal, and I guess you and me the taxpayer (if it occurs) will be paying for that as well, say another quarter of a million. I’ve always wondered how does one get its case to the High court, if one can’t afford it oneself. Anyway let the show begin…
Court bailiffs are to be sent to a Mongrel Mob enclave in Lower Hutt as Housing New Zealand readies itself to evict tenants.
Five families were issued with 90-day tenancy termination notices in March following gang intimidation in Farmer Crescent.
Three unsuccessfully took their case to the Tenancy Tribunal and a District Court appeal has also been rejected.
The tenants have continually refused Housing New Zealand’s help to find alternative, private accommodation.
Chief executive Lesley McTurk says the corporation hopes to meet the families this week but will also be referring the matter to bailiffs to enforce possession orders on the houses.
Ms McTurk says Housing New Zealand is confident of its position and will pursue the matter further if the tenants appeal to the High Court.