HNZ complex in Three Kings offers easy living
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."