Flaxmere locals fed up with slow progress of Housing NZ

By Aroha Treacher

For the last decade, Flo Karaitiana has opened her doors to those who have been denied a state house and have nowhere else to go. She says it's a situation that's sadly a common place.

It's the question everyone wants an answer to. Earthquake assessments by Housing NZ have left many state houses empty while others have been sold. For Karaitiana, staging a national protest will hopefully get the Government's attention.

Flaxmere is home to Sidney Haenga, who has lived in the area for the last 40 years. He's seen the changes in the area and says the empty state houses are leading to overcrowding.

While Housing NZ say the situation is not ideal, a decision is expected to come out soon on what will happen with those houses, but in the meantime, many struggling families still have nowhere to go.

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