Work be­gins to build new homes

Hamilton News - - NEWS -

Hous­ing New Zealand and Waikato-tainui be­gin work this month to re­ju­ve­nate the old Jeb­son Place site in Hamil­ton East into a mix of pub­lic and pri­vate hous­ing, the first Spe­cial Hous­ing Area to go ahead in the city.

The new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment — re­cently named Te Kaarearea — will have 80 new homes — 30 state houses and 50 houses that Waikato-tainui sub­sidiary com­pany Tainui De­vel­op­ments Ltd will con­struct and sell to wha¯ nau.

Waikato Tainui ac­quired the two-hectare site from Hous­ing New Zealand as part of the right of first re­fusal pro­vi­sion in its 1995 Treaty set­tle­ment with the Crown.

Waikato Tainui chief ex­ec­u­tive Donna Flavell said she was ex­cited about the pilot project, as it will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for their peo­ple who are first home buy­ers to es­tab­lish them­selves in an af­ford­able home.

The houses are ex­pected to be priced from $450,000 to $500,000.

“Our hous­ing work­shops are among our most pop­u­lar ser­vices that we of­fer to tribal mem­bers and they have pro­vided us with keen in­sights into hous­ing need, so we know there will be lots of in­ter­est in this project,” said Ms Flavell.

“It’s more than just a house, it’s about build­ing the well­be­ing of our tribal mem­bers con­sis­tent with our long-term strat­egy; Whakatupu­ranga 2050.

“If our peo­ple are to reach their full po­ten­tial they need to do it in a warm and healthy en­vi­ron­ment.”

Reg­is­tered tribal mem­bers who are first home buy­ers will have first op­tion to buy one of the 50 homes.

If Waikato Tainui can­not find enough tribal mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate they will open the op­por­tu­nity to the wider pub­lic.

Hous­ing New Zealand be­gan civil works on the state hous­ing part of the redevelopment and will start con­struc­tion of the 12 one-bed­room and 18 two-bed­room homes along Dey St in Novem­ber, with a com­ple­tion date of mid-2019.

Hous­ing New Zealand gen­eral man­ager as­set de­vel­op­ment Pa­trick Dougherty said the de­vel­op­ment will breathe new life into the com­mu­nity.

“Hamil­ton is in need of more hous­ing and we’re ex­cited to be­gin on this redevelopment.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the pa­tience that the lo­cal com­mu­nity has shown us and we look for­ward to work­ing with Waikato-tainui to pro­vide a more vi­brant and sus­tain­able com­mu­nity,” said Mr Dougherty.

Hamil­ton’s mayor An­drew King warmly wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

“Hous­ing New Zealand and Tainui are to be con­grat­u­lated on the progress they’re mak­ing.

“It’s es­sen­tial we col­lec­tively con­tinue to make progress on in­creas­ing hous­ing sup­ply in our city given the pop­u­la­tion den­sity and growth pres­sures we’re fac­ing,” said mayor King. ■ Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est opened this week for iwi mem­bers who are in­ter­ested in this op­por­tu­nity email us at hous­ing@tainui.co.nz or go to www.face­book.com/waika­to­tainu1/ for more in­for­ma­tion. No in­vestors or agents.

Im­ages / Sup­plied

A draw­ing of homes pro­posed for the Dey St side of the tri­an­gu­lar Hamil­ton East project planned by Hous­ing New Zealand and Waikato-tainui. A site plan of the new Hamil­ton East hous­ing de­vel­op­ment for 30 state houses and 50 for which Tainui De­vel­op­ments will give reg­is­tered tribal mem­bers who are first home buy­ers the first op­tion to buy.

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