The Great Railway House Bazaar
In the 1920s the Railways Department built a housing settlement in Tarikaka Street, Ngaio. It is now a heritage area.
In the late 1980s, the NZ Railways Corporation (NZRC) sold off their housing stock. Most went to an Auckland investment company.
A feature article in December’s North and South by local historian Peter Dyer tells how the tenants managed to negotiate a separate contract with NZRC. This meant most people could buy their own homes and keep their community intact.
Wellington writer Peter Dyer uncovers information on a major asset sale that has never before been revealed.
In the mid-to-late 1980s, many Railways tenants were forced to leave their houses. But one community in Ngaio managed to successfully challenge the Rogernomics juggernaut. (North and South, Dec 2010)