Otara parents unite to declare war on tinnie houses

NZ Herald 9 Mar 07
In the struggle between Otara parents and the tinnie houses, parents were one step forward last night – just by coming together. About 150 church leaders, school principals, community leaders and parents turned out for what was billed as an “Otara Congress” to back each other’s calls to dob in the drug-dealing tinnie houses, seen as the root of the suburb’s youth gang problem.A co-leader of the 274 youth workers, Allan Va’a, told the meeting that while his team ran sports for young people in one Otara park recently, they counted more than 250 cars come and go from a house where drugs were being sold beside the park. He said drugs allowed gangs to offer kids money that they could never hope to earn in normal jobs. But parents knew where the tinnie houses were so they could act on it.(A mum) said people should go to the “head” of the problem – the Government – to seek fewer alcohol outlets, gambling parlours and prostitutes.