Com­mu­nity gets glimpse of fu­ture so­cial hous­ing


The am­bi­tion to cre­ate ‘‘warmer, drier homes’’ for the peo­ple of Auck­land’s North­cote so­cial­hous­ing com­mu­nity has been de­liv­ered, and then some.

The im­pres­sive-look­ing first house in a mas­sive state-hous­ing re­de­vel­op­ment project has just been com­pleted in North­cote.

To cel­e­brate the mile­stone, de­vel­oper HLC, for­merly Hob­sonville Land Com­pany, in­vited cu­ri­ous com­mu­nity mem­bers into the four-bed­room house for a gan­der, in­clud­ing pupils from nearby Onepoto Pri­mary School.

The North­cote Devel­op­ment will re­place 300 state houses with ap­prox­i­mately 1200 new homes, a mix of so­cial, af­ford­able and mar­ket hous­ing over the next six years.

Just over a year since the de­mo­li­tion of the first house on Tonar St, the first new home is on the street is ex­pect­ing its first fam­ily in two weeks’ time.

The home that was open for view­ing on Novem­ber 2, as with all the homes in stage one of the devel­op­ment, is a so­cial-hous­ing re­place­ment for the former state homes.

HLC aims to com­plete 59 new homes be­fore Christ­mas and a fur­ther 34 homes by around April 2018.

HLC precinct di­rec­tor for North­cote Mark Fraser said his team was de­lighted the first homes are reach­ing com­ple­tion and were ready for ten­ants a year out from start­ing work at the site.

‘‘Given how much plan­ning has had to hap­pen along­side the build­ing of stage one, we’re pretty pleased with progress,’’ Fraser said.

Of the to­tal 1200 homes, around 400 new Hous­ing New Zealand homes are be­ing built, an ad­di­tional 100 homes over and

‘‘Given how much plan­ning has had to hap­pen along­side the build­ing of stage one, we're pretty pleased with progress’’

Mark Fraser

above re­place­ment of ex­ist­ing so­cial hous­ing. The re­main­ing 800 homes will be for sale with a mix of mar­ket and af­ford­able hous­ing.

HLC, a sub­sidiary of Hous­ing New Zealand, was an­nounced as the de­vel­oper in May 2016.

Stage one homes in­clude one, two, three and four-bed­room homes.

Con­struc­tion of the fi­nal sta­geone homes, 16 apart­ments, will com­mence in 2018.

Stage two of the devel­op­ment is due to start in March 2018.


The open day at­tracted a load of cu­ri­ous com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing a group of pupils from the lo­cal school.

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