EVIC­TION THREAT

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE -

A Pa­pakura woman could face evic­tion after fill­ing her state house with peo­ple she says would oth­er­wise be home­less. Pauline Good­win lives in a twobed­room house in Pa­pakura and has breached Hous­ing New Zealand rules by al­low­ing nine oth­ers to stay there. The ex­tra peo­ple are fam­ily and friends of Good­win, and some of them are chil­dren. ’’I’m not go­ing to have chil­dren liv­ing out on the street - that’s not fair,’’ she told TVNZ. ’’They need a place to call home. They need sta­bil­ity.’’ Footage from TVNZ shows Good­win’s house packed with mat­tresses, with a pre-school age boy play­ing on a tri­cy­cle in the drive­way. Good­win has been sleep­ing in the car­port to ac­com­mo­date her guests. Hous­ing New Zealand’s chief op­er­at­ing officer Paul Com­mons said the agency was in­formed of Good­win’s sit­u­a­tion on March 31. He said it was ‘‘not safe or healthy or ap­pro­pri­ate’’ for the ex­tra peo­ple to be liv­ing with her. ’’Her ten­ancy has also been the sub­ject of nu­mer­ous is­sues for on­go­ing in­tim­i­dat­ing and of­fen­sive be­hav­iour and breaches of the peace,’’ he said. ’’There have also been noise complaints, two dogs for which per­mis­sion was not sought, and now over­crowd­ing. Ms. Good­win has been ad­vised she is in breach of her ten­ancy agree­ment and needs to ur­gently ad­dress th­ese is­sues.’’ Good­win’s ten­ancy agree­ment al­lows only one ex­tra per­son to live in the house with her. Re­gional com­mis­sioner for the Min­istry of So­cial Development Eru Lyn­don de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as ‘‘com­plex’’. He said that Good­win had been re­ceiv­ing in­come from mem­bers of the house­hold, who needed to dis­cuss their in­di­vid­ual cir­cum­stances with Work and In­come. ’’In terms of fu­ture support we would need to fully un­der­stand the cur­rent cir­cum­stances of all mem­bers,’’ he said.

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