Housing Minister drops in on Auckland tenant
Associate Housing Minister Poto Williams took a look at some new Accessible Properties (AP) houses in Manurewa earlier this year and used them as a backdrop to talk about improved protections for tenants.
It gave tenant Tracey Harris a chance to show off her new home in Tokatoka Lane, Manurewa and talk to the Minister.
“I’m privileged to be in a brand-new home, and it was great to show her through,” Tracey says. “She was just amazed at my whole house.”
Tracey and her family moved into the five-bedroom home last year – one of 23 AP properties in the Manurewa development.
The development is made up of 53 houses and is a partnership between Accessible Properties and fellow community housing providers Emerge Aotearoa and Penina Trust.
Poto Williams and local MP Dr Neru Leavasa chose Tokatoka Lane as a venue to make a speech about changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).
“It was a fantastic opportunity for tenants to hear about the changes to the RTA first-hand, and what it meant for them,” says AP Senior Tenancy Manager Val Johnston.
After her speech, the Minister met Tracey and other tenants to talk about their homes.
Caption: (From left) Takanini MP Dr Neru Leavasa, Associate Housing Minister Poto Williams and tenant Tracey Harris.
This story was published in Strong Voices. The magazine is posted free to all IHC members.
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