121 new central Auckland houses
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 to be finished and fully functioning 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.
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 executive John Tamihere said outside of addressing Auckland’s need for housing, the development would offer youth in trades work opportunities for the next three years.
‘‘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.