Ti­tahi Bay sub­si­dence worry

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

‘‘I know I’m prob­a­bly thought of as an old whinger, but this needs to be fixed.’’

Tom Phillips has a sandy prob­lem, and he’s afraid of what it might mean.

The Hous­ing New Zealand ten­ant has lived for four years in a block of flats in Ian Graves Close, Ti­tahi Bay.

He said he en­joyed the spot, close to the beach and shops, and got on well with his neigh­bours.

How­ever, the 73-year-old said he has made his Hous­ing New Zealand land­lords aware of a prob­lem from the day he moved in – a build-up of sand in his small back yard.

‘‘I’m for­ever clear­ing it out,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a real pain, not just for me but my neigh­bours too.’’

The large wall that tow­ers over the back of his home seems very solid, but there are ob­vi­ous struc­tural prob­lems at the top, where another Hous­ing New Zealand flat’s front yard meets the wall.

The grass is soft and ap­pears to be sink­ing, and there is a sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the fence at the top of the wall and the wall it­self.

Phillips said his pleas to have the prob­lem fixed were not be­ing heeded.

‘‘I get fobbed off or passed on to a new per­son to speak to. Some­times they call me back, some- times they don’t.

‘‘I know I’m prob­a­bly thought of as an old whinger, but this needs to be fixed, or some­one will fall into a big sink­hole at the top or the wall will come down on top of my house or my neigh­bours.’’

Phillips said he had been given nu­mer­ous ‘‘work or­der num­bers’’ by Hous­ing New Zealand man­agers and been told re­pairs would be un­der­taken in due course.

‘‘I’ve been told in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been car­ried out, but noth­ing is hap­pen­ing.’’

Hous­ing New Zealand area man­ager Kathy Fur­fie said con­trac­tors vis­ited Ian Graves Close two weeks ago to en­sure there was no safety risk and de­cide on the best course of ac­tion.

‘‘It was de­cided some re­pair work was needed on the wall and to in­stall new drainage,’’ she said.

Fur­fie said an at­tempt was made by the con­trac­tors to speak to Phillips, but he wasn’t home. She was com­fort­able that he had since been up­dated.

There was no cost es­ti­mate for the work, she said.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Tom Phillips at his Ti­tahi Bay Hous­ing New Zealand home, which has a build-up of sand in the back yard.

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