Woman offers her support

22:35, May 28 2013
Andrea Seymour
Location misery: Andrea Seymour, 52, and her daughter Emma, left, are worried Ms Seymour will not be approved for a property transfer by Housing New Zealand. Ms Seymour, who is battling cancer, wants to live closer to Wairau Hospital for regular chemotherapy sessions.

A Blenheim woman who wants to live closer to Wairau Hospital because of her regular chemotherapy sessions has been offered support and guidance in dealing with Housing New Zealand red tape by another woman who says she understands the stress of requesting a property transfer.

Sharon Knight tried to move her son, who has pulmonary hypertension and needed a double lung transplant, to a Housing NZ property with a standalone shower and closer to her last year.

It took about five months for him to be moved around the corner - from Rata Pl to Faulkland Drive, Mrs Knight said.

Two Housing NZ properties beside Mrs Knight had been vacant for eight to nine months, she said.

"We went through it all and finally got him moved here in February," she said.

"It's a lot of stress on the family. Yes, I only lived five minutes away but I wanted him here. I can't understand why, if they are a Housing NZ tenant, they have to go through all the procedures of applying for a house again."


Blenheim woman Andrea Seymour, who was battling breast cancer, applied for a property transfer with Housing NZ to be closer to Wairau Hospital.

Ms Seymour, of Lucas St, Riversdale, said she wanted to be transferred to a vacant Housing NZ property beside her daughter, also on Rata Pl, off Wither Rd.

She was originally told all she needed was a letter from her oncologist. But during assessment last Thursday, Ms Seymour was told she needed hospital records and bank details.

Mrs Knight said she eventually asked Kaikoura MP Colin King for assistance.

She said Ms Seymour should do the same.

"I understand how these two people feel, I've been through it myself," Mrs Knight said.

"I would like to meet this lady, maybe she would like to talk to me and hear our circumstances. We had letters from the transplant unit in Auckland. I went to Colin King and he got things moving."

Ms Seymour's daughter, Emma, said she was shocked by the offer of help.

"We didn't do it [a story in Friday's Marlborough Express] for that, we just wanted people to know what was happening. I think we will go to our MP; we hadn't even thought of that."

The Marlborough Express