Legal challenge to government plans to sell state houses in Tauranga

State Housing Action Incorporated

15 August 2016

Media release:

Legal challenge to government plans to sell state houses in Tauranga

A High Court legal challenge is being prepared to tackle the government’s plans to sell state houses in Tauranga.

State Housing Action Incorporated was registered as an incorporated society last week and will become the plaintiff in the planned judicial review.

SHA Inc. is being represented in court by a team led by Tauranga barrister Michael Sharp.

Tauranga housing activist and SHA Inc. secretary Vanessa Kururangi has written a blog about the case.

We are utterly appalled the government intends to pursue the sale of state housing when we have a housing crisis for families on low incomes.

It’s an unconscionable decision driven by blind ideology.

This legal action has become urgent since the government announced last Friday their preferred buyer of the houses is the IHC – through their company Accessible Housing.

More details of the legal action will become apparent once papers are filed in court – possibly as early as later this week.

In the meantime SHA Inc is fundraising to support the action and has launched an appeal. We don’t have money and will be relying on lots of small donations to get the case through court.

In anticipation anyone reading this appeal can help, our account details are:

Account name: State Housing Action Inc.

Kiwibank account No: 38 9018 0028715 00

John Minto

Convenor

SHA Inc

0220850161

johnminto

Vanessa Kururangi

Secretary

SHA Inc.

021 021 02109

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