Rauti heads to High Court

East and Bays Courier - - P3 P28 - CA­TRIN OWEN

An Auck­land ben­e­fi­ciary is tak­ing her fight to re­main in her state home of 30 years to the High Court, de­spite an ear­lier evic­tion no­tice.

Glen Innes res­i­dent Niki Rauti has been fight­ing to stay in her state home since be­ing is­sued a 90-day evic­tion no­tice in Oc­to­ber 2016 by hous­ing de­vel­oper the Ta­maki Re­gen­er­a­tion Com­pany (TRC).

Rauti’s home is one of 2800 state homes that TRC plans to de­mol­ish and re­place with 7500 new homes over the next 15 years. TRC is jointly owned by the Govern­ment and Auck­land Coun­cil.

A court date of Septem­ber 21 has been set and Rauti has been granted a stay of pro­ceed­ings, mean­ing TRC will not be able to take evic­tion ac­tion un­til le­gal pro­ceed­ings are fin­ished.

Rauti dis­puted the first evic­tion no­tice in Oc­to­ber and took her fight to the Auck­land District Court in May in an at­tempt to ap­peal a pos­ses­sion or­der of her home, granted by the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal in Fe­bru­ary.

In June, the Auck­land District Court up­held the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal’s judg­ment, giv­ing TRC the le­gal right to evict Rauti.

How­ever, Rauti and her sup­port­ers have taken the mat­ter to the High Court.

Rauti is sup­ported by a govern­ment ben­e­fit and has lived at her Tani­wha St home since 1985.

TRC has of­fered Rauti a newly built home to move into.

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