Elderly buyers of seriously defective homes at Auckland's high-end Eastcliffe Ōrākei Retirement Village have started High Court action against the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei developers, claiming more than $16 million.

Twelve residents aged between 77 and 91, whose homes were demolished last year after construction and watertight issues at the village fronting Bastion Point, are claiming breaches of the Fair Trading Act, the Residential Villages Act and the Contracts and Commercial Law Act by four entities associated with owner Ngāti Whātua.

The 12 had bought lifetime occupation licences to townhouses and apartments in six blocks in the village between 2005 and

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