19 Oct 2010

State house eviction case costs revealed

10:23 pm on 19 October 2010

Housing New Zealand has revealed the spiralling bill to taxpayers in its efforts to evict three women from their state houses in Lower Hutt.

Robyn Winther, Huia Tamaka and Billy Taylor, who have links to the Mongrel Mob, have been fighting their evictions from Farmer Crescent since March last year.

They were given 90 days to leave, after a spate of gang intimidation.

The Tenancy Tribunal, and the District and High Courts, have upheld Housing New Zealand's right to end the tenancies.

On Monday, the women took their case to the Court of Appeal, which reserved its decision.

The state housing provider has already paid lawyers on the case $177,000 and has spent $320,000 on security in the area.