Category Archives: gentrification

Porirua state homes sit empty for four years while 42K Kiwis remain homeless

The idiocy of this whole farce is breathtaking to say the least. Whilst ex PM Key (who has now slithered from view) has more than one mansion to live and holiday in, our govt/corp buys mansions for its reps abroad and 33K homes sit empty in Auckland owned by off shore speculators with that latter city now the most expensive to buy in planet wide … we have the same establishment lending thousands of dollars to the homeless for emergency motel accommodation & leaving them deep in debt. And these homes (including others) sit empty. Um, who exactly is controlling the purse strings (the same folk who got us neck deep in debt) and why are they not sacked? (They could have loaned that money to the homeless as a deposit on a home). And soon we’ll doubtless have another equally as incompetent set of riders for the very same corporate horse that’s running the show. This is all a crime of obscene proportions … the homelessness I’m referring to. From a nation that once housed all, to folk living in cars, sheds and garages. Shame, shame New Zeeland. Shame on the Nats, shame on Labour too who helped us all down this road that’s looking frightening indeed for many. The steely, cold reality of the UN’s plan for so called ‘sustainable development’. With all their flowery rhetoric they never had any intention of helping the poor or equalizing wealth. People need to wake up to that. The Nats have been LAND BANKING OUR state homes since 2012. Corruption at its ugliest … somewhat thinly disguised gentrification.  This was only ever about enriching the rich who plan eventually to own everything. Don’t believe me? Read Rosa Koire’s ‘Behind the Green Mask’. You’ll find it on Amazon. Or see her on our Agenda 21/30 pages. And read below about the Porirua houses that have sat empty for four years. Write to Nick Smith and tell him how disgusted you are.
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From Stuff.co.nz

First they were too big and now they’re too small but soon, according to Housing New Zealand, four empty houses in Porirua City will be just right.

The properties have been empty for four years, the last tenants relocated so the houses could be earthquake proofed – something HNZ now says they didn’t need.

Ten months after the agency tried to sell the three-bedroom houses because the demand was for smaller homes. It now has plans to remodel the properties into accommodation for larger families.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/94394067/too-big-too-small-for-sale-not-for-sale-porirua-state-homes-sit-empty-for-four-years

LINKS TO OTHER INFO ON EMPTY STATE HOUSES IN NZ

Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor

Lower your gaze from the blackened husk of Grenfell Tower and you see the flowers and the signs decorating the streets. Many are photocopied pleas to help find the missing: 12-year-old Jessica, baby Amaya. Steve. Moses. Nestled among them are the others: scribbles and boards and A4 sheets reading Cuts Cost Lives and Corporate Murder, and People’s Lives Don’t Matter Under Capitalism.

This, Theresa May, is what a people’s public inquiry looks like. The sign-writers and passersby talking in the streets around Grenfell have grasped a truth that cabinet ministers are still fumbling towards: whatever and whoever a judge finds at fault – this procedure or that subcontractor – the true causes of the failures go far wider. They lie in the way Britain is run.

While in Victorian Manchester, Friedrich Engels struggled to name the crime visited on children whose limbs were mangled by factory machines, or whose parents were killed in unsafe homes. Murder and manslaughter were committed by individuals, but these atrocities were something else: what he called social murder. “When society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual,” he wrote in 1845, in The Condition of the Working Class in England.

Over 170 years later, Britain remains a country that murders its poor. When four separate government ministers are warned that Grenfell and other high rises are a serious fire risk, then an inferno isn’t unfortunate. It is inevitable. Those dozens of Grenfell residents didn’t die: they were killed. What happened last week wasn’t a “terrible tragedy” or some other studio-sofa platitude: it was social murder.

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/20/engels-britain-murders-poor-grenfell-tower

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The end game of Agenda 21/30 … there IS a conspiracy & we better wake up to it

This is the best overview of Agenda21/30 and its end game I’ve heard, particularly also because it is very current. David Icke talks about the Glenfell Tower fire in the context of this agenda and explains social cleansing aka gentrification of London city. He also describes human settlement zones, straight from the UN documents. This agenda is not the friendly benign proposal for the future that they make out. Look around you and observe, all you who are distracted by the superficial … the world, instead of looking friendly & benign is looking more and more ominous and ugly by the day. How can a mentality that plans to clear away the poor to make way for the rich, that has allowed a catastrophe like the Grenfell Tower fire to incinerate hundreds of people,  be anything but?  EnvirowatchRangitikei

Published on Jun 23, 2017

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“ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS … (from the Grenfell Action Group) “we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable”

The damning evidence straight from the Grenfell Action Group’s own website. These folk have battled authorities for literally years. Read their blog for the truth you’ll not find in mainstream media. EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

From the Grenfell Action Group

“Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon (5am) to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to all who have perished, to the injured, to those who are bereaved or are still searching for missing loved ones.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC.

ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time. Below is a list of links to previous blogs we posted on this site trying to warn the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, who own this property, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation who supposedly manage all social housing in RBKC on the Council’s behalf:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/more-on-fire-safety/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/another-fire-safety-scandal/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/kctmo-feeling-the-heat/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/why-are-we-waiting/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/grenfell-tower-from-bad-to-worse/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/more-trouble-at-grenfell-tower/https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/the-disempowered-of-grenfell-tower/https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/tmo-still-asleep-at-the-wheel

SOURCE:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/grenfell-tower-fire/

Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 17, 2017

‘The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had to [flee] the site of Grenfell Tower yesterday under police guard, BBC News, 17 June 2017

The Abandonment of a Community

Initially, I wasn’t going to write anything on this tragedy, I figured there would be plenty of analysis as to the whys and the wherefores of a building turned into a funeral pyre but I’ve yet to see the word Austerity used once, just once, in connection with this tragedy, which as usual in this world always impacts the most on working class communities, especially the poor, wherever it occurs.

Instead, we got endless hours, days of BBC hand-wringing, focusing almost exclusively on the (heroic) efforts of a devastated community, ignored and forgotten by their council and the government, with those damn cameras peering into peoples’ grief and ultimately, anger, made all the worse by the state’s total indifference to this calamity.

It took three days for the Prime Minister, Theresa May to visit the site and she had to do it under police guard! It’s only today, now four days later, that the government has finally set up some kind of command centre to deal with distraught relatives and friends of the dead, injured and missing (estimates now put the number of dead as at least 70).

If there’s anything that illustrates the murderous endgame of neoliberalism and what it does to people, this is it! But this is also Baghdad and it’s Damascus and a dozen other places around the globe getting a dose of democracy. Here it’s simple neglect powered by greed but it’s committed by the same governments, the same people who have abandoned wholesale, millions of people in their own backyards and slaughtered millions around the planet.

Source: Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

The Grenfell Tower Fire – 500 Dead – The Result of Govt Negligence and Class War

An excellent 5 minute exposé of the rot that has set into a once caring humankind. A must watch in my opinion.
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Published on Jun 20, 2017

The Social Cleansing of Places Like Glenfell Tower is all Part of Agenda 21/30

Published on Jun 22, 2017

Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

This is an excellent must read article on the factors behind the Grenfell fire and factors I often refer to as a part of Agenda 21/30. The austerity measures, the corruption of councils, gentrification, the ignoring of the poor and the ongoing marginalization of them. The pleas of the Grenfell Action Group fell on deaf heartless & cruel ears. While council has been stockpiling millions, these council tower blocks were let run down … no sprinklers! … accidents waiting to happen.
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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 23, 2017

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London screams of the human agony inflicted when, on 14th June, the building became an inferno.

Whilst there are various theories about what triggered the fire – dodgy wiring, a faulty fridge, a gas leak – what is clear is that this disaster was not an accident, it was the consequence of a social housing policy dating back to the 1980’s, systematic neglect, social injustice and the ongoing war being waged on the poorest members of British society by the Conservative government. And this time the result is not just low pay, second-rate education and housing, lack of opportunities, increased anxiety and depression, but murder; families torn to pieces, lives destroyed.

Deep sadness shrouds the whole area, and, coming as it does on the back of a spate of recent atrocities, distress and a sense of collective bewilderment pervade the country.

The initial shock of the disaster has morphed into contained anger as the level of official incompetence and apathy becomes increasingly clear. Residents’ warnings of the risks of fire were repeatedly ignored by The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) who own the building and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO); the most insistent residents – two of whom are now dead – were bullied and threatened with “legal action for defamation” by KCTMO, the company responsible for the management of the building, The Independent reports. This attitude is widespread, the Radical Housing Group (RHG) makes clear that “the recent history of social housing is one of contempt for council tenants and denigration of council housing…the underlying causes of the Grenfell tragedy are deeply economic and political.”

The list of factors that led to this disaster is long and intertwined, rooted in the poisonous ground of commercialization, social division and official complacency.

READ MORE: Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

‘The Grenfell Tower fire is a crime of epic proportions’ David Lammy, Labour MP interview

Published on Jun 21, 2017

David Lammy says heads ‘need to be on the block’ over the Grenfell Tower fire in west London. He told me he wants to see resignations and a proper police investigation into the failure to protect scores of people from being burnt to death in their own homes.

Lammy, who is the Labour MP for Tottenham, says the fire is comparable to Hurricane Katrina and talked to me about the very real effects of austerity.

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