Requiem for a War, with Refrain

1 May 2017

Upon the eviction and relocation of Housing New Zealand tenants as part of
the North Glen Innes ‘Regeneration’ Project in Auckland, New Zealand

Not past but present
Not present but protest
Not protest but asset
Not asset but upset
Not upset but redevelopment
Not redevelopment but real developments
Not real developments but housing shortage
Not housing shortage but sanctuary
Not sanctuary but opportunity
Not opportunity but community

Not community but tax credit
Not tax credit but security
Not security but eviction
Not eviction but action
Not action but auction
Not auction but exploitation
Not exploitation but economics
Not economics but envy
Not envy but opportunity
Not opportunity but community

Not community but gravy train
Not gravy train but tipuna
Not tipuna but trickle down
Not trickle down but safety net
Not safety net but progress
Not progress but political redress
Not political redress but freewill and freehold
Not freewill or freehold but family
Not family but opportunity
Not opportunity but community

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