Violence, burglaries, public excrement from new Housing NZ tenants, neighbours say

Neighbours of a modern Housing New Zealand complex say they are being driven out by burglaries, assaults and public defecation stemming from the social housing block.

Most of the residents at the nine-unit England St, Phillipstown complex were good neighbours, but some were changing “the whole tenor of the community”, a neighbour said. The man, who had lived on nearby Suffolk St for five years, did not want to be named for fear of repercussions.

Attempts to contact Housing New Zealand (HNZ) to have the issues addressed had gone unanswered for months, he said.

An elderly resident who had lived in the neighbourhood for 38 years had put her house on the market because of the disturbance.

“I certainly don’t have any prejudice against social housing and was looking forward to it – it’s a beautiful building, they’re well appointed and I think that’s exactly what the community should be advocating,” the Suffolk St neighbour said.

“The problem is that within six months, the behaviours associated with that complex have been outrageous and I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

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