Some of the worst wars are neighbour wars.
When the pressure gets too much, the forum of last resort is often Facebook community groups. There, we see appeals for people to change what they are doing. Noise is often mentioned. Avondale’s Eastdale Road featured in the news, with over 70 noise complaints about loud music at one property since March, when the tenant moved into a Kāinga Ora house. Noise control could not carry out enforcement action under Alert Level 3&4 protocols.
Tenancy Services says ‘quiet enjoyment’ means being able to enjoy reasonable peace, comfort, and privacy, and allowing others to enjoy the same.
Tenants have the right to the ‘quiet enjoyment’ of the house they rent. This means the landlord can’t harass the tenant or interfere with their reasonable peace, comfort, and privacy.
Tenants also need to respect the peace, comfort and privacy of their neighbours or other tenants. The landlord should take any reasonable steps to make sure none of their tenants interfere with each other’s quiet enjoyment.
The mandate of Kāinga Ora is now ‘sustainable tenancies’ which limits their options to sanction unruly tenants. Neighbouring Kāinga Ora tenants can be just as badly affected by rowdy neighbours as anyone else, but apart from going on list requesting a transfer with a long wait time, they may have no options.
As urban intensification leads to more people occupying less space, problems between neighbours get magnified as they live closer together.
Peace, not war, is the easiest option for us all to have quiet enjoyment of our homes.
Paul X Walsh recently completed a mural on the public toilets at Blockhouse Bay village. Commissioned by Tagout Trust, the mural is a reinterpretation of a previous mural by Louis Stratham which was lost when the toilet block was redeveloped. It depicts the early agricultural history of the area, in this case a strawberry farm circa 1900.
October’s Super Saturday vaccination event went off with a sizzle in Glenavon.
Glenavon Pharmacy, in collaboration with Glenavon Community Hub and the Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions Club created a fun event to encourage locals to come and get their jabs.
“A lot of people had said that they found it hard to find the time to get vaccinated”, said Glenavon Trust Board Chair Michael Mishriki. “So we thought, ‘Why not make it more convenient for people?”
Once the idea was formed, it unfolded quickly. Michael, who also owns Glenavon Pharmacy, made the necessary applications to be involved in the nationwide event.
Board member Graham Edwards, who runs Blockhouse Bay’s Bay Connections, a networking group for local organisations, connected the team with the Lions Club. The Lions, always ready to turn up with their barbeque, sausages, and all the condiments, were only too happy to help.
The Lions were in fine form, with Lion Ana rocking the Lions costume, tempting passers-by to come and get vaccinated and enjoy a sausage afterwards as a ‘snack with their vac’. In appreciation for their service, Labour MP Deborah Russell, and likewise Michael Mishriki made sizeable donations to the Lions Clubs appeal for a new PICU at Starship Hospital.
The day was a great success with a total of 50 people vaccinated, using all the available vaccines.