The launch of Wellington Renters United

May 24, 2015 9:35 am

Last month, a group of Wellington renters got together to launch an idea and an organisation. The idea is simple: by organising together, we can make make renting better for everyone. The organisation is Wellington Renters United.

To celebrate, we invited everyone to our launch event on 8 April: food, drinks, and lots of people talking together – photos here.

We hosted a range of great speakers presenting on some of the issues facing renters and the potential for organising renters. Max Rashbrooke outlined the extent of affordability problems facing renters.  Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman spoke about the effects of poor quality housing on health, and Kayla Healey told us about her experience living in a mouldy house. Dr Sarah Bierre presented on the effects of insecure tenure on renters, while Julia Whaipooti shared some of the issues renters accessing Community Law’s services are faced with. Elinor Chisholm reflected on the past century of tenant activism, while Lyndy McIntyre shared some stories and ideas from the Living Wage campaign.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting some of the stories our speakers shared on the night. Stay tuned – and join us.

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