Family evicted by airport in state of shock
Thu, 17 May 2012 4:33p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
A Wellington family told to pack up their lives and vacate their airport-side home are in a state of shock.
Michael Brown and his family live in one of 22 houses owned by Wellington Airport that are earmarked for demolition.
He has six months to find someone where else to live.
The airport says the land, on Bridge St, will be affected by future noise as aircraft and operations change.
They have identified 700 properties which will need to be upgraded to mitigate the noise pollution. They also want to buy a number of properties which cannot be upgraded and demolish those houses too.
Mr Brown, a sculptor by trade, says he’s been in a state of disbelief since opening the eviction letter last night.
“I was just shocked. We are really, really shocked. It has changed our whole year now. We don’t really know what’s going to happen now,” he says.
“I feel like the people of Christchurch – you just don’t know where you stand, you don’t have the money to move on so you just have to go to where you can.”
Mr Brown pays $300 per week for his airport-owned property. The rent is cheap because of the noise, which is not an issue for his family.
“The noise isn’t that bad at all really. There are only about three planes which are noisy, which last for about a minute.”
He says moving to another property will see his rent nearly double.
“I’ve been looking on Trade Me and through the papers and the market rents are basically twice what we are paying.
“It’s almost at the impossible stage and we basically have to look at Housing New Zealand or a council flat.”
Mr Brown says having to look at social housing options is a nightmare because every New Zealander wants their own “castle”.
He is even contemplating getting a mortgage and buying his own house.
The move will affect his work too as he needs somewhere to accommodate his tools and materials.
Demolition of the houses begins in November with the land eventually landscaped and left as one large open corridor.
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19/05/2012 6:44:43 a.m.
Neville.Q.C.Sounds Picton wrote:
Kia Ora MR.Brown.
Contact me,may be able to assist you and your whanau.
03 573 62 72 Picton.Koro Neville.
18/05/2012 9:07:21 a.m.
No, it's *not* "like the people in Christchurch". Tenants are kicked out of their homes all the time - usually because the owner wants to live in the house or sell it. It's not fun, but it's hardly a unique situation, and it's just a fact of life. How is this newsworthy?
18/05/2012 8:58:40 a.m.
I can't understand the logic of the airport. They have people willing to live here, and they don't care about the noise. Without this revenue, will you increase airport charges? Probably...
17/05/2012 7:57:14 p.m.
This is really sad for this family. I know they do not own the property, but you have to have somewhere to call home. They are only one of many families that will be affected by this. Finding affordable rent is not easy. I wish all the evicted families luck with finding new accommodation and hope it works out for you :)
17/05/2012 4:59:44 p.m.
Dinky Di wrote:
Mr Brown, if you're a sculptor presumably you can do that work anywhere, you're not tied to Auckland by an office job. I'd suggest you check rentals in towns within about 140km of Auckland and you'll find some lovely, affordable, much better homes -- without airport noise! We've just moved to a lovely 2 bedroom house (en suite and shower in one bedroom, ensuite and spa in the other), with double garage, for $260 a week. The rents in Auckland are outrageous. Get out of there and you won't look back.
17/05/2012 4:52:17 p.m.
I was almost going to say watch the Australian move "the castle" until I read that the airport owns the land.
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