Hikoi for Homes - major marches and rallies occurring tomorrow in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington
The events - jointly organised by the Child Poverty Action Group, Auckland Action Against Poverty, First Union and Unite - promise to attract hundreds of people moved to march for quality, affordable and safe housing for all New Zealanders.
Aucklanders will walk through the state houses of Glen Innes and on to the elite properties of Kohimarama and Orakei; Wellingtonions will take in the central city’s Cuba Mall and Civic Square; Cantabrians will take over the eastern suburb of Linwood, near the Eastgate Shopping Centre.
Hikoi for Homes is promoting seven campaign asks:
- An immediate stop and to the sell-off of state and council housing
- A $1 billion annual budget for the provision of more state, public and not-for-profit housing
- Setting minimum standards for all rented housing
- Greater tenure protection for tenants
- Rent freeze for five years
- A statutory right to be housed
- State subsidies for modest income homeownership programmes
This is a call to action for all New Zealand citizens, rich and poor, to make a resounding statement to a government that’s negligent in providing basic living standards and welfare for its people.
Everyone deserves a home.
The three hikoi will be held on Saturday 21 November, rain or shine, as follows:
Start: Glen Innes Railway Station, 12pm
Finish: Orakei Domain, approx. 3pm
Start: Cuba Mall, near Left Bank, 1pm
Finish: Civic Square, approx. 2:30pm
9 Buckleys Road, Linwood (opposite Eastgate Shopping Centre), 12pm
These are family-friendly events - children welcome.