Home own­ers strike a deal with coun­cil

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Leaky home own­ers Ge­orge Grif­fith and Les­ley Thomas were in­vited by the Manawatu¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil to me­di­a­tion last week and have jointly is­sued this state­ment:

“We have met on a con­fi­den­tial ba­sis and talked about the is­sues in a con­struc­tive way, and we have iden­ti­fied a sen­si­ble way for­ward and want to make sure the process works well.”

Ge­orge was in the fourth day of his hunger strike when the cou­ple at­tended me­di­a­tion.

The hunger strike was the cou­ple’s last re­sort to bring at­ten­tion, and a so­lu­tion to their four and a half year bat­tle with the coun­cil.

The cou­ple bought their Po­hang­ina Val­ley home in the Ruahine Ranges with a Code of Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate.

How­ever, the home failed to meet the build­ing code in many ar­eas in­clud­ing struc­tural in­tegrity, and parts of the build­ing did not match con­sented plans.

Ge­orge lost weight in the four days, but after me­di­a­tion he be­gan eat­ing.

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