New housing complex opened

22:32, Feb 12 2014

An $8.6m social housing complex has been opened in Mangere, South Auckland, this morning, providing homes for 22 low-income Pacific families.

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Tongan princess Mele Siu'-i-Likutapu Kalanivalu Fotofili were on hand to cut the ribbon for the complex, which is named Matanikolo, meaning "gateway".

The 22 homes were built using $4.3m from the government's Social Housing Unit (Growth Fund).

A consortium that includes the Airedale Property Trust, Lotofale'ia Mangere Tongan Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of New Zealand provided the other 50 per cent of the funds.

Dr Smith says the complex is the first of three stages for the project, with further building to be announced at a later date.

Princess Mele says her late father Prince Fatafehi, who gave the project its name, would have been proud to see it come to fruition.

It is hoped the complex will be a "realm of safety and a realm of prosperity" for its inhabitants, she says.