Germinating Resistance: Organising in the New Zealand Rental Sector
Keywords:Renters United, Tenancy, Community organising, Healthy homes, Housing crisis, Advocacy
Launching in 2015, Renters United (RU) has sought to build a movement to push back against Iandlordism in New Zealand and secure healthy and affordable homes for all renters. RU organisers Robert Whitaker and Geordie Rogers sit down with Nic Guerrero to discuss the organisational strategy of RU and reflect on what has worked well over the past seven years. They discuss the need to empower renters to speak out, the search for crux issues around which meaningful reform can be built, and, above all, the importance of telling renters’ stories.