Hikoi for Homes.

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, November 20th, 2015 - 10 comments
Categories: activism, capitalism, housing, human rights, poverty, Social issues, welfare - Tags: , ,

The groups leading the Hikoi believe that because housing is a basic human need access to decent quality, affordable and safe housing should be seen a human right. This means that our society and more specifically the State has an obligation to ensure that everyone living in New Zealand always has access to adequate and secure housing. The groups further believe that this obligation means that housing needs to be considered as more than a commodity whose allocation is decided entirely by markets and the profit motive.

The Hikoi will be run by CPAG with support from many other community members and organisations including AAAP, Unite Union and First Union.

Auckland – Meet at the Glen Innes Train Station (GI) tomorrow (Saturday)at 12pm or join us at the corner of Kepa Road and Coates Avenue at approx. 2pm. The walk will finish in Orakei Domain approx. 3pm. Walk will take approx 3 hours.

Wellington – Meet at Cuba Street at 1pm tomorrow (Saturday)and finish at Civic Square. Followed by family-friendly music and festivities. The event will take approximately 1.5 hours.

Christchurch – Meet at 12pm tomorrow (Saturday) at 9 Buckleys Road (carpark opposite Eastgate Shopping Centre), Linwood

10 comments on “Hikoi for Homes.”

  1. johnm 1

    Every House should be a home. Eliminate 100% the capital gain buy to rent crowd (Basically outlaw it for what it is: a parasitical activity) and hey presto! House prices will plummet and become affordable for our young couples again. Greed and meanness has killed the spirit of Aotearoa.Get Rich is the heartless ,soulless culture of this once egalitarian society.

  2. Karen 2

    It isn’t just about home ownership – renters also need to be protected. People need dry, warm and secure homes that are not overcrowded. Without this basic human need their health will suffer and any children they have will be unable to get a decent education.

    These are the demands from the hikoi organisers and they are all very important IMO.

    • An immediate stop to the sell-off of state and council housing
    • A $1 billion annual budget for the provision 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

  3. dave 3

    i don’t think we cant get affordable homes until we bankrupt the speculators and kill the housing market its pointless even trying in today bubble fantasy housing market we need a crash and badly house must return to alignment to incomes Auckland at a ratio of 9.1 x incomes is LSD territory

  4. Sabine 4

    interesting discussion with someone who a few month ago said “If they can’t afford to live in Auckland then they need to move elsewhere”, at the time I asked him were he wanted his children to move too, and would there be any jobs for them and the grand children once they were old enough.

    Now the same man today told the tale of this mates whose children are trying to move out of Auckland, anywhere where they might find jobs and be able to buy a house. He now thinks its not fair, as his mates – like him at the middle of their sixties, would loose out not only on their children but also the grand children.

    Maybe the penny is dropping that it is not just the “bludgers on welfare” that can’t afford to house themselves anymore, but also the ‘middle class’ that can’t afford to pay rent, less alone even consider to buy a property.

    It will take time, but eventually it hits everyone.

  5. Reddelusion 5

    Kids moving away from thier home town when adults, my that’s a new phenomenon, let alone living overseas

  6. Rosemary McDonald 6

    The Gospel According to Harold…

    “Housing hikoi sign of rising social unrest….

    ……Many of the marchers’ aims misguided …”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11548789

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