Hous­ing devel­op­ment for Water­view

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JACK­SON THOMAS

A $54 mil­lion cen­tral Auck­land hous­ing devel­op­ment will in­clude 121 so­cial hous­ing units.

Hous­ing New Zealand and devel­op­ment part­ners Ngai Tai ki Tamaki and Hous­ing for So­cial Ben­e­fits, a sub­sidiary of west Auck­land’s Wai­pareira Trust, will de­velop the 1.2ha site in Water­view.

It will in­clude six apart­ment blocks, com­pris­ing of one, two and three bed­room units, as well as a ter­race hous­ing block with five three bed­room ter­raced units.

Two blocks will be com­pleted by 2018 with the re­main­ing by 2020. The es­ti­mated cost of about $54 mil­lion will be funded by the Wai­pareira Trust.

Peo­ple want­ing to get into the new hous­ing need to be reg­is­tered on the Hous­ing New Zealand State Hous­ing wait­ing list. All the hous­ing would be for rentals, and ten­ants would pay 25 per cent of their gross in­come, what­ever that amount might be.

So­cial Hous­ing Min­is­ter Amy Adams said the project, called Water­view Court, would be one of the big­gest so­cial hous­ing devel­op­ments in Auck­land.

‘‘These homes are part of the 34,000 new houses the Govern­ment is build­ing in Auck­land over the next 10 years, un­der the Crown Build­ing Project,’’ Adams said.

‘‘Half of the land on the Great North Rd site was orig­i­nally held by NZTA for road­ing, and the other was an old and dated 20-unit Hous­ing New Zealand com­plex.

These two parcels of land will trans­late into a six-fold in­crease in so­cial hous­ing.’’

Wai­pareira Trust chief ex­ecu- tive John Tami­here said out­side of ad­dress­ing Auck­land’s need for hous­ing, the devel­op­ment would of­fer youth in trades work op­por­tu­ni­ties right through to 2020.

‘‘It’s a three year build so a num­ber of our youth will get a full trade out of work­ing on the site through var­i­ous ap­pren­tice­ships,’’ Tami­here said.

‘‘We can’t get into af­ford­able hous­ing given our low in­comes but we still need hous­ing.’’

The key to the site wasn’t just the build, but the post build man­age­ment, Tami­here said.

‘‘Those that live here and those that sign up to live here have to be a part of a pos­i­tive com­mu­nity and part of that is they’re go­ing to have to pull their weight in terms of their be­hav­iour,’’ he said.

Ground was of­fi­cially bro­ken on Septem­ber 4, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of a project six years in the mak­ing, Tami­here said.

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