Auckland residents claim they are being forced to hand over homes for the construction of a new Botany to airport route, NZ Herald reports. But Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency say landowners and occupiers can remain in their properties until the construction process starts which “is expected to be in the next 10-15 years”. “It feels like they [AT] have sneakily pushed this project through before the local elections,” said one resident. “With this huge housing crisis already upon us, they are taking away people’s homes,” said another, adding, “They have not even taken specialist advice on what a house means to people from different backgrounds and cultures.”