Mis­take made on Ki­wibuild homes

The Press - - National -

Five Ki­wiBuild prop­er­ties put on the open mar­ket should have first been made avail­able to peo­ple who had en­tered the bal­lot, a move that both Ki­wiBuild, and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Phil Twyford have dubbed a mis­take.

Five of the 25 to­tal prop­er­ties at Auck­land’s 240 One­hunga Mall Devel­op­ment were re­jected by the bal­lot-win­ners, and the run­ners-up. Bay­leys Realty, which is man­ag­ing the devel­op­ment, was given ap­proval by Ki­wiBuild to list the prop­er­ties on a first-come, first-served ba­sis to any­one el­i­gi­ble for Ki­wiBuild.

A Ki­wiBuild spokesper­son said the homes should have been made avail­able to those fur­ther down the bal­lot first, be­fore be­ing put on the mar­ket. ‘‘That wasn’t done, it was a mis­take, which is part of the learn­ing process,’’ he said.

The prop­er­ties con­sisted of two stu­dios and three one-bed­room apart­ments, val­ued be­tween $380,000 and $500,000. The prop­er­ties had be­tween five and 14 peo­ple on each of the bal­lots.

A Ki­wiBuild spokesper­son in­sisted that the buy­ers pulling out of the sales wasn’t a wor­ry­ing sign.

‘‘It was never ex­pected that all the houses would sell ... not ev­ery sale goes through for what­ever rea­son. It hap­pens in pri­vate sales, too, es­pe­cially given you’re sell­ing off plans.’’

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