Tamaki Housing Group is a community group that first formed in September 2011 after notices of eviction were sent out to 156 households.
Following those letters, community members organised public meetings in 2011 and 2012. These meetings had more than 500 people attend each time. Out of those meetings we decided to stand against Housing New Zealand’s plans to evict, redevelop and sell off public land and housing to private interests.
We have protested the removal of our community’s houses, helped other community members into houses when they have been in need, and drawn attention to companies like Creating Communities, a property development company that is making profits out of the gentrification of our community.
In 2013 the National government made major changes to state housing with the Social Housing Reforms. We continue to stand against these reforms.
When the government announced in 2015 – effective for April 2016 – that they were transferring 2,800 Housing New Zealand state houses over to Tamaki Redevelopment Company we drew media to the story and protested the company.
We are against the gentrification of our community, against the privatisation of state housing, and we believe in community rights and people’s rights to a secure and affordable home in their community.
Many of us have lived in Glen Innes for decades, and the changes imposed on our community were and continue to be without due process or any kind of consultation. The process of eviction and harassment from Housing New Zealand has not stopped despite calls for a moratorium. Our people are diverse and resilient, and we have a strong community that will fight to stay together.
Since 2011 the group has met every week on Tuesdays at 6pm. The meetings are open to those who would like to support our work. Best way to get in touch with us is through our Facebook page
You can donate to us at
Tamaki Housing Action Group