Niki Rauti moves out of home af­ter year-long bat­tle

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - CA­TRIN OWEN

Af­ter a year-long bat­tle to stay in her home of more than 30 years, Auck­land ben­e­fi­ciary Niki Rauti has moved out.

The Glen Innes res­i­dent had been fight­ing to re­main liv­ing in her so­cial home since be­ing is­sued an evic­tion no­tice in Oc­to­ber last year by the Ta¯ maki Re­gen­er­a­tion Com­pany (TRC).

D-day was meant to have ar­rived for Rauti af­ter a bailiff was or­dered to re­move her on Oc­to­ber 18, fol­low­ing months of le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

How­ever, Rauti came to an agree­ment with TRC that she would move out of the home on her own.

‘‘I’ve moved on now. I’m tired. They’ve just worn me out,’’ she told Stuff on Oc­to­ber 18.

TRC’S hous­ing gen­eral man­ager Neil Por­te­ous said Rauti moved into her new home on Fri­day.

‘‘We are pleased to have come to an agree­ment with Ms Rauti,’’ Por­te­ous said.

‘‘She has now moved into a new Ta¯ maki Hous­ing prop­erty nearby.’’

‘‘I've moved on now. I'm tired. They've just worn me out.’’ Niki Rauti

Rauti took le­gal ac­tion against the com­pany ear­lier this year in an at­tempt to stay in her Tani­wha St home.

Her home was one of 2800 state homes TRC planned to de­mol­ish and re­place with 7500 new homes over the next 15 years. TRC is jointly owned by the Gov­ern­ment and Auck­land Coun­cil.

TRC is in charge of the phys­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion of the wider Ta¯ maki area.

Rauti’s house was one of six prop­er­ties to be de­mol­ished to­gether and re­placed with 12 new four-bed­room houses, ex­pected to be com­pleted by April.

Rauti first dis­puted her first evic­tion no­tice in Oc­to­ber 2016 and took her case to the Auck­land District Court in May in an at­tempt to ap­peal pos­ses­sion or­der of her home, granted by the Te­nancy Tri­bunal in Fe­bru­ary.

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

In Septem­ber, Rauti along with a group of 50 sup­port­ers marched on Sy­monds St from the Univer­sity of Auck­land to the High Court in an at­tempt to ap­peal the Te­nancy Tri­bunal’s judge­ment.

De­spite Rauti ‘‘feel­ing good’’ about the case, her ap­peal was dis­missed by a High Court judge.

TRC had pre­vi­ously of­fered her a home 500 me­tres away from her cur­rent home through­out her bat­tle.

TORIKA TOKALAU/STUFF

Niki Rauti has moved into her new home af­ter fac­ing evic­tion by the Ta­maki Re­gen­er­a­tion Com­pany.

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