Back­ing for pe­ti­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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