Leaky home pro­tester ends hunger strike

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Leaky home pro­test­ers 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 to, 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, which had 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 those four days, but af­ter me­di­a­tion he was able to be­gin eat­ing again.

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