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State house tenants refuse to move

Published: 8:08PM Saturday February 18, 2012 Source: ONE News

Several people have barricaded themselves into a house in the Auckland suburb of Glenn Innes in protest against plans to move them on.

Housing New Zealand wants to move the residents out of their state homes on valuable property in East Auckland.

The residents have been given notices to vacate as Housing NZ redevelops 156 properties in the Tamaki and Glen Innes area.

HNZ plans to sell off the properties to developers or redevelop the land to accommodate high density housing but locals have barricaded themselves into a house at 25 Silverton Avenue, Glenn Innes and say they won't move.

There is a large police presence at the address.

Housing New Zealand programme manager Graham Bodman told Close Up last night that it was understandable long-term tenants would want to stay in their homes but housing shortages mean land has to be developed to accommodate a growing number of tenants.

He said the 156 properties they are redeveloping will make way for 275 new town houses.