Rental res­i­dence aid


Poor qual­ity Auck­land Coun­cil hous­ing stock for the el­derly is in line for an up­grade. El­i­gi­ble res­i­dents can now look for­ward to im­prove­ments in the qual­ity of their coun­cil-sup­plied ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The ma­jor boost to re­de­velop the port­fo­lio of vil­lages comes through a new part­ner­ship with the Sel­wyn Foun­da­tion.

Many of the coun­cil’s 1452 rental units across 63 vil­lages are run­down and poorly lo­cated for ameni­ties such as pub­lic trans­port. 1452 coun­cil rental units

63 vil­lages across Auck­land

Work will com­mence in Septem­ber Pro­ject to span 15-20 years

The coun­cil’s Gov­ern­ing Body ap­proved the over-arch­ing plan and the busi­ness model for the part­ner­ship this week, giv­ing the city’s ur­ban de­vel­op­ment agency Panuku De­vel­op­ment Auck­land the man­date to ac­tion the de­vel­op­ment and pro­ceed with the part­ner­ship. Panuku will en­sure the new homes ad­dress the needs of older peo­ple both in lo­ca­tion and qual­ity.

The ini­tia­tive will be self­fund­ing where Panuku will make bet­ter use of some sites, while oth­ers that are not fit-for-pur­pose will be sold to free up funds for rein­vest­ment in the re­de­vel­op­ment of the vil­lages.

Deputy mayor Penny Hulse says this ini­tia­tive is about im­prov­ing the qual­ity of hous­ing for older peo­ple and the as­so­ci­ated ser­vices they are pro­vided.

‘‘Many of the homes don’t meet the needs of our older peo­ple. It can be some­thing as sim­ple as hall­ways not be­ing wide enough for Zim­mer-frames, or that the vil­lages are lo­cated blocks away from a bus stop.’’ Hulse stressed the coun­cil’s prom­ise not to re­duce the cur­rent num­ber of homes.

The Sel­wyn Foun­da­tion is a New Zealand char­i­ta­ble trust which pro­vides re­tire­ment ac­com­mo­da­tion and care around the coun­try.

Work on vil­lages will com­mence in the next few weeks and the ini­tia­tive over­all is long term span­ning 15 to 20 years.

The joint ven­ture com­pany is ex­pected to be es­tab­lished by March 2017, with the op­er­a­tions of the vil­lages tran­si­tion­ing to the new part­ner­ship over the next six months. Two bed­room apart­ment, one bath­room and car park Un­der­go­ing re­me­dial work.

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