Disabled brothers finally get consents

05:38, Jul 18 2013
Adams family
RELIEVED: Nigel, left, Malcolm, Alison and Laurie Adams, in the Burwood house where the two autistic brothers live.

After months of struggling to provide a home for her two disabled sons, Alison Adams says she can now move on with her life.

Earlier this month, The Press featured the story of Adams, 78, and her sons Malcolm, 53, and Nigel, 52.

She believed she would lose nearly $6000 after a mix-up over building consents.

Adams' sons have severe autism and need to be dressed, showered, fed, toileted, and cared for 24/7.

Adams and her husband poured all their savings into a home, so that they would be out of institutionalised care.

Brackenridge Estate pays $500 in rent towards the Parklands home, covering the Adams' mortgage, but the house was damaged in the quakes and deemed a repair.


Adams' sons moved out of the home into temporary accommodation, and the Brackenridge rent money went with them.

Adams arranged for her mortgage to be suspended for six months while the house was rebuilt, but due to a delay in building consents the rebuild was pushed back an extra three months.

Adams was worried she would have no money to pay the mortgage for an extra three months, which would cost about $6000.

''I am out of pocket $6000 and have no idea what I'm going to do,'' she said at the time.

''I feel worn out. I'm too tired to fight this.''

After the story ran in The Press, dozens of readers wrote in wrote in to help the couple, offering money and support.

However, the Adams family are now sorted.

Within a week of the story running, Adams said the consents were approved.

''The house has been demolished and the builders, Benchmark Homes, are getting ready to lay the foundations and are planning to have the house finished by Christmas,'' she said.  

''The boys are settled and  happy in their rental and getting on with their lives and all problems with Southern Response have been resolved.''

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