Press Release – Frankie Diablo
In solidarity with the Glen Innes residents fighting to keep their homes, a group has occupied Mayor Len Brown’s office in the Auckland Town Hall and are hanging a banner from the top of the Town Hall with the message “Tamaki is a Community not a Company”.
Early today protesters stormed the Mayor’s office to demand a stop to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company which Brown signed with the Minister of Housing in August.
“Glen Innes is a community, not a company. The benefits our people, especially our young people, get from belonging to a strong community like GI – these benefits should never be sold for short-term profits,” says GI resident Makelesi Ngata.
Labour, the Greens and Mana have all called for a morotorium on the ongoing evictions and removal of houses from the community, a process carried out against the will of and without consultation from the community, and violently by large numbers of police and paddy wagons every week.