Backing for petition
One Moana Court resident has resorted to what he calls ‘‘ grassroots democracy’’ over mounting concerns for the future of the low-cost housing, gathering more than 700 petition signatures to date.
Dave Fletcher says there is frustration among the ‘‘ vulnerable oldies’’ at the Te Pene Ave units in Titahi Bay, after Porirua City Council proposed to sell them last year. The council has publicly stated a desire for Moana Court to remain as social housing and is asking for public comment during the long-term plan consultation period.
Mr Fletcher says he and other residents are fed up with the insecurity over a possible sale and believe PCC needs to take a stand for older people in Porirua. ‘‘Don’t buy into the argument that Moana Court is a cost to the community and ratepayers. It’s not about money, but housing and independence for pensioners.’’
Mr Fletcher has been visible at the Saturday market in Porirua’s CBD on recent weekends, and under the canopies on Thursday nights, gathering signatures for a petition which he plans to present as part of his submission on the long-term plan.
The petition opposes the ‘‘disposal’’ of Moana Court to any organisation or business that will not continue to keep the property as pensioner flats.
The overall response has been ‘‘uplifting’’.
‘‘I’m blown away by the encouraging things people are saying. We feel very positive, there’s a sense of social justice about this issue.’’
Sign here: Dave Fletcher under the canopies last week, gathering signatures for his Moana Court petition.