Going going ……

The Dom Post reports:

A trio of gang-linked women who have fought for two years against eviction from their state houses are expecting to be forcibly removed today after being given 24 hours to leave.

Housing New Zealand informed the three residents of Farmer Cres in Pomare, Lower Hutt, at 12.30pm yesterday of its intention to evict them.

The move follows two years of legal action since Huia Tamaka, Robyn Winther and Billy Taylor were issued 90-day eviction notices after an incident involving the Mongrel Mob in Pomare in February 2009. …

Last night Ms Tamaka, who has four of her six children in the Farmer Cres house, said she was devastated by the news.

“I wasn’t expecting that, there’s no way I can get my kids out of here in that time. I just hope something can be done.”

What? Two years is not enough notice? That is around eight times longer than most people get.

Three gang members allegedly terrorised a woman and her two children in their home, leading to a police swoop on gang homes in the area and the arrest of 10 people. …

chief executive Lesley McTurk said she reconsidered ending the tenancies and decided to proceed because there were some actions so severe and disruptive to a community that their impact could not be undone.

“The Pomare area has a history of violence and intimidation. The incident which led to these 90-day notices was not an isolated event.

Off memory, Housing NZ has been unable to find tenants for any of the other nearby properties because of the violence and intimidation. They’ve turned it into a no mans land.

Housing NZ had consistently offered the trio advice in finding new accommodation and that help remained available, she said.

Instead, we’ve had two years of court battles.

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