The housing crisis is familiar news to many New Zealanders, and it is being felt keenly by the community in the Parish of Naenae-Epuni, says Priest in Charge, Rev. Martin Robinson. The church is planning a peaceful protest by way of a “live in” demonstration this weekend, and the public are invited.
“Housing is a basic human right, but we don’t see the Government responding to that need in our neighbourhood,” Martin says. Instead, he tells us that numerous Housing New Zealand properties, demolished four years ago, have remained vacant and barren with no plans for replacement, while members of his community are facing increasing difficulty in securing good quality housing for their families.
The protest event is designed to highlight the lack of affordable, good quality housing in Naenae and Epuni and begins at 9am on Friday the 7th of April. Family-friendly events are planned for Saturday the 8th, including a BYO picnic lunch, painting boxes for people to live in, and an evening sing-along. On Sunday, the church will host their Palm Sunday services as a “Parish on the Paddock,” on vacant Housing New Zealand land opposite the church, followed by a guest speaker and a short prayer march in the afternoon.
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