Porirua pensioners battle eviction fears
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:59p.m.
By Laura Frykberg
Police were called to a Porirua City Council meeting tonight after angry residents of a council-owned flat refused to leave.
No arrests were made but they say they'll continue to fight against a council proposal to sell Moana Court to another service provider.
The 26 residents, all pensioners, say until they know whether their flats will be sold, their futures are up in the air.
“This process has been shameful, it has been cruel to the residents, and it is about to make them victims if it goes wrong,” says resident David Fletcher.
The Council has owned Moana Court since the seventies, but now it is considering selling, because it says it is no longer the best landlord for pensioners.
The Porirua City Council says the problem is the flats are old and need renovation, which it can't afford, so it's proposing selling it to a non-government organisation which can apply for funding to do fix them up.
But because it was bought under the Public Works Act, if sold it has to be offered to the original owners first, and resident fear that means they'll be forced out to make way for a commercial property.
“That's the anxiety that people here live with at the moment, that we could be evicted, that there is no way to stop that process if you're going to sell,” says resident Robert Overend.
But the mayor says the residents needn't be worried.
“That is not going to happen, and that has never been the intentions of this council, we are for protecting the rights of the individuals in those properties, we're just saying the Council might not be the best provider for that service any longer,” says Porirua City Council Mayor Nick Leggett.
A decision the Council will make in the next few months.
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26/07/2012 7:38:06 p.m.
Porirua Ratepayer wrote:
The Council's own Moana Court accounts for 11/12 budget show an annnual rental of $98,900 direct costs of $32,271. depreciation $53,758.Council rates $25,664. So why can't they afford to upgrade? What is depreciation for? The council clipped the ticket last year for $79,422 from these pensioners' rent. And then showed a $12,793 loss. The pensioners are not being subsidised by ratepayers and in fact are paying their own way. They deserve more respect from these incompetent councillors. What a way to treat defenceless oldies.
26/07/2012 2:12:10 p.m.
Don't listen to the Porirua Council propaganda, the place ran at a cash surplus last year!!
Would only require 10% increase in rent to provide all the upgrading they have proposed.
(information from their own report)
26/07/2012 9:51:03 a.m.
janie fraser wrote:
Live there at your own risk....thats what the council are saying...theyre not saying Moana Court needs fixing up to be made safe and secure and that they'll do it, they're saying Moana Court is an AT RISK COMMUNITY...and we would rather sell the place off then put taxpayers money into fixing the place up.... as the renovations are in the hundred thousand region money which the residents have paid for in the years they have resided there. The plan is to sell and to apply for a grant to upgrade with financial backing by the Govt using other money rather than their own...so a clear message has been announced that council dont give a shit....we're keeping money back for a nest egg for retiring staff or promoted staff....okay people...no further comment....Mayor Nick Legget needs to back them people up and do his job remember who put you there as Mayor, the PEOPLE....well help them now....
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