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To: The Prime Minister

Stop the Cornwall Park Trust Board forcing families from their homes

Stop the Cornwall Park Trust Board forcing families from their homes

Bring the Cornwall Park Trust Board leases in line with the other Trusts to:

1. stop forcing families from their homes;
2. stop charging higher than market rents;
3. provide compensation if leaseholders leave.

Why is this important?

Resident leaseholders of Cornwall Park Trust properties are being forced to pay increased rents above market rates, or be evicted without compensation. The Trust Board has repossessed 17 homes, forcing families to leave with nothing.

The effect on leaseholders’ lives has been tragic - with bankruptcies, marriage breakups and mental health issues as families lose their homes to the Trust.

Families are being forced to pay new rents of up to $90,000 per year or be evicted without compensation from the homes they bought, often with big debts still owing.

90 more families will be forced to go unless the lease is updated. Family homes are left deteriorating and un-tenanted whilst there is a shortage of housing!

The remaining leaseholders will also be evicted unless the Trustees update the lease as the other Trusts have done.

These kinds of lease agreements were fair and quite common in the 1920’s but unless they are updated, families are forced from their homes.

When this happened in 1992, the government intervened and the other similar Trusts updated their leases to avoid the social damage. Dilworth and St John’s College and four other Trusts were involved.

The Justice Minister, Doug Graham’s Ministerial Inquiry recommended that the Trusts have a “moral and social responsibility” or legislation may be justified.

In response, the Trusts updated their leases to:

1. stop forcing families from their homes;
2. stop charging higher than market rents;
3. provide compensation if they leave.

The Cornwall Park Trust was not included and to this day refuses to update the leases despite many, many appeals from desperate leaseholders.

The only solution left is for the government to intervene as they did in 1992, and to legislate to force the Trustees to come into line with the other Trusts.

The current unelected Trustees are John McConnell, Keith Smith, Adrienne Young-Cooper and John Clark.

We ask the Prime Minister to intervene immediately to prevent the Trustees from causing further social damage.

Visit the campaign website

Other links to media

Ministerial enquiry into certain perpetually renewable leases in Auckland, 1992, Anthony A. Lusk, QC:
Parliamentary petition on behalf of the Cornwall Park Leaseholders Association:
UK government considering making residential leasehold illegal:

How it will be delivered

Via social media, email, and paper versions

Reasons for signing

  • Appears some deceit going on at the Trust, lease should reflect the spirit and intention of Sir John Logan. That spirit does not appear to be upheld.
  • This is not what Sir John Logan Campbell would have expected of his legacy to the people of Auckland. If you read his book Poenamo, he describes himself as a gentle kind man who appreciated all that New Zealand had given him in return for his labours and in bequeathing Cornwall Park he didn't expect people to be put out of the homes they lived in and cared for to be bankrupted and put on the street by greedy misguided trustees.
  • To force families into bankruptcy out of greed is morally repugnant. They need to be stopped


2017-11-26 18:11:33 +1300

Recently in the Herald, the Cornwall Park Trust Board said a "vocal campaign by a small group of leaseholders" has had a bad effect and it is disappointed at the damage they are doing.
• This belief is totally incorrect. The 90 remaining families are members of the Cornwall Park Leaseholders’ Association Incorporated. The leaseholders have signed the petition and voted unanimously in favour of it at the Leaseholders’ AGM on Sunday 26/11/17 at Cornwall Park School.
Real change happens when everyday people like you and I take a stand for what we believe in.
Thank you for standing with me on this issue.

2017-11-26 18:10:57 +1300

Today leaseholders voted unanimously in support of the petition at the Cornwall Park Leaseholders Association Inc. AGM! See below for an update, but in the meantime, posting something on facebook or twitter will only take a second, but will mean that hundreds of people see the petition and can join our cause.
Why not also tell your friends why you decided to sign the petition and why it's important to you – people are more likely to offer their support if they understand why the people they are close to support it too!

2017-11-26 18:10:29 +1300

In the NZ Herald recently, trust board chairman John McConnell said the rents were fair and equitable and he was unaware of empty properties.
• The Board has forced 17 families from their homes1 (see addresses below)
• There will be 90 more because the lease does not work anymore, and the Board is very aware of this. The market figures tell the story:
• The average market rental on the 17 abandoned properties is $980/week. On the latest valuations, the average new Trust Board Lease rent is $1,730/week (5% of the land value), and up to $3,650. Is this “fair and equitable?”
• It is inconceivable that the Chair is “unaware” of the 17 abandoned properties (list below) his Trust now owns outright. Some of these properties now have tenants renting at around $980/week.

2017-11-14 20:32:03 +1300

Well done! We finally have a response from the Chair of the Board. It exposes their attitude and makes many untrue statements...

2017-11-10 10:45:03 +1300

Thank you! Your signature and over 200 others helped us get coverage in the NZ Herald:

2017-11-08 09:01:18 +1300

Great news! We have over 100 signatures in the first few hours - thank you so much for signing, and sharing.
The NZ Herald called just now to run the story online this morning, so look out for that.

2017-11-08 08:20:22 +1300

100 signatures reached

2017-11-07 20:54:27 +1300

50 signatures reached

2017-11-07 16:25:22 +1300

25 signatures reached

2017-11-07 14:06:32 +1300

10 signatures reached