Public meeting to launch campaign to stop government plans to sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch
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At a public meeting next week Housing Action Canterbury will launch a city-wide campaign to stop the government selling 2,500 state houses in Christchurch this year.
Selling thousands of state homes in the middle of a housing crisis is social vandalism and utterly unacceptable.
Only the government has the resources and capacity to build the homes needed by low and middle income families when we have 40,000 homeless people across the country.
The meeting will express the widespread and resolute opposition to the policy from Cantabrians.
We have an impressive list of speakers for the meeting which indicates the strength of feeling building in Christchurch.
The speakers include:
Naenae Higgs – state house tenant
Gail Scott – state house tenant
Alan Johnson – Salvation Army
Paul Watson - Regional Secretary First Union
Mike Treen – National Director Unite Union
Lynda Boyd – Secretary Unions Canterbury
Bishop Victoria Mathews – Anglican Church Bishop
Rev Sheena Dickson – Housing Action Canterbury
John Laurenson – Principal Shirley Boys’ High School
Phil Twyford – Labour Party Housing spokesperson
Eugenie Sage – Green Party MP
Gary Gribben – Democrats for Social Credit
Murray Horton – Convenor of Keep Our Assets Canterbury
Grey Power – Ian Brownie
John Sullivan – Community Law Canterbury
Convenor of the State Housing Action Network, John Minto, will chair the meeting.