‘Hous­ing cri­sis to ri­val Auck’

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Porirua could be in for a ‘‘hous­ing cri­sis to ri­val Auck­land’’, a res­i­dent says as he and his neigh­bours are evicted to make way for hun­dreds of new houses.

Paul Nelson and his fam­ily have been given no­tice to leave their rented prop­erty on the old Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal grounds.

He es­ti­mates 40 fam­i­lies, and a child­care cen­tre, are now look­ing for rental prop­er­ties in the Porirua and Welling­ton area, but says the prices are well out of reach.

‘‘Where are the houses for peo­ple who are work­ing but aren’t rich? We’ll all be sleep­ing in our cars and tents while all our pets are in the pounds.

‘‘I don’t see why they can’t build their houses around the prop­er­ties we al­ready live in...they’ve for­got­ten about the lit­tle peo­ple.’’

Nelson said his fam­ily needed to stay in the area for work and their chil­dren’s school­ing and he had been check­ing Trade Me every day.

‘‘This place here [Kenepuru] was where peo­ple could find emer­gency hous­ing. There’s noth­ing out there now.’’

An­other neigh­bour, who didn’t want to be named, said he was wor­ried about his el­derly par­ents who had lived at the site for eight years.

‘‘My dad is 72 and he shouldn’t be wor­ry­ing about this. He should be re­tir­ing now.’’

The Ngati Toa iwi was given the op­por­tu­nity to buy back 42-hectares of for­mer Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal land as part of its $75 mil­lion treaty set­tle­ment, signed off in 2012.

Ngati Toa Ran­gatira ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Matiu Rei said he sym­pa­thised with the tenants, but help­ing them find new homes was not the iwi’s prob­lem.

‘‘Peo­ple have known for some time that this day was go­ing to ar­rive and now the time is nigh.’’

Rei said Ngati Toa planned to build 400 to 500 houses on the Kenepuru land as part of a joint ven­ture with Car­rus Cor­po­ra­tion.

‘‘This will be the sort of new de­vel­op­ment to help with the prob­lem of hous­ing.

‘‘It’s great for the re­gion, it’s well con­nected to trans­port and the off ramp for Trans­mis­sion Gully and we will be mak­ing walk­ing paths to the cen­tral city,’’ he said.

He said there was still a lot of plan­ning to be done, but con­struc­tion would be­gin in three months with the de­mo­li­tion work.

PHOTO: MARK ROUND/FAIR­FAX NZ

Tenants of the for­mer Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal grounds have been told to leave.

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