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HNZ complex in Three Kings offers easy living

LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Last updated 05:00 09/04/2014
Shane Kirkus
Lauren Priestley
AT HOME: Shane Kirkus says his purpose-built flat makes life easier.

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A 52 year-old amputee is among elderly and disabled tenants who’ve found a place to call home on a redeveloped Housing New Zealand site in Auckland.

Shane Kirkus had his right leg amputated below the knee after a motorcycle accident in his 30s.

He later developed diabetes, which led to a second amputation above the knee.

But life in the newly opened 22-unit complex is easy, he says - and very different from the struggle he’s faced as a  wheelchair user in other houses.

"Everything here has been so easy to handle. It’s just great."

Housing minister Nick Smith says the complex is part of a $2.9 billion, three-year Housing New Zealand plan to deliver 2000 quality state houses of the right size to people with high special needs by 2015.

"I’m tremendously encouraged by this completed development . It’s the face of the future of Auckland.

"The feedback from the tenants says it all."

The flats were built on a Housing New Zealand property previously occupied by four old houses in the suburb of Three Kings.

 They been designed with the elderly and disabled in mind, located close to a shopping complex and medical centre, with easy accessibility, lowered benches and cupboards.

Pearl Beaumont, 82,  has a chronic lung condition and only moved out of her old house on doctor’s orders.

She’s pleased she did, despite her initial reservations.

"I loved it there and I didn’t want to go. But everything is easier here. It’s flat so I can take my walker and it’s so quiet."


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