Turning the sod on an iwi-led housing development in Whenuapai

Construction on the 6400 square-metre greenfield will start next week.
Amy Baker

Construction on the 6400 square-metre greenfield will start next week.

The first sod of earth has been turned for a new iwi-led housing project in a north Auckland development hot spot.

Construction will start next week on the 49-home development in Whenuapai, an initiative led by the Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership.

A charitable trust, the partnership is administered by Te Tumu Paeroa and made up of Pare Hauraki Iwi and Te Tumu Kainga.

Mayor Phil Goff goes to take a seat at the morning ceremony.
Amy Baker

Mayor Phil Goff goes to take a seat at the morning ceremony.

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Once built, the houses will be leased to New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) staff for housing. 

The Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership own the 6400 square-metre greenfield near to the Whenuapai shops and are funding the construction of the new development.

Chair Paul Majurey speaks.
Amy Baker

Chair Paul Majurey speaks.

Around 25 attended the sod-turning ceremony on March 16, including Mayor Phil Goff, Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership chair and Tamaki and Hauraki iwi leader Paul Majurey, and Te Tumu Kainga general manager Declan Millin.

Upper Harbour Local Board members and Waitakere ward councillor Linda Cooper were also in attendance.

Majurey says the development is chiefly about providing homes for families and demonstrates the "growing role" of iwi in the local economy. 

Goff says the development is positive and will help to address the housing crisis.
Amy Baker

Goff says the development is positive and will help to address the housing crisis.

"What's important for us is, first and foremost, houses - having families in houses. Also commercially, it's a development that we get a return on, so it allows us to build capital and to further invest in other housing projects."

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Goff says the development will help to address the "phenomenal" growth of 45,000 extra Aucklanders a year and the resulting pressures on transport and housing infrastructure. 

"In 18 months time, there will be 49 families here, and that's a really positive development. Positive that iwi are involved, both in providing affordable housing, but also providing housing for rental that provides revenue stream that will go back into providing more affordable housing," he says.

Mayor Phil Goff, Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership chair Paul Majurey, and Te Tumu Kainga general manager Declan ...
Amy Baker

Mayor Phil Goff, Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership chair Paul Majurey, and Te Tumu Kainga general manager Declan Millin get ready to turn over their bit.

"I welcome the commitment of iwi, of their resources. I welcome this development, as will the NZDF."

The mayor says the pace and scale of housing construction needs to increase in order to keep up with present growth rates.

Iwi have also developed other sites for housing, including a 300 house development at Waimahia and a 110 housing unit development at New North Rd. 

Upper Harbour Local Board member Nicholas Mayne, Waitakere ward councillor Linda Cooper, and fellow Upper Harbour Local ...
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Upper Harbour Local Board member Nicholas Mayne, Waitakere ward councillor Linda Cooper, and fellow Upper Harbour Local Board member Uzra Balouch.

At both sites, more than 60 per cent of the homes to be built will be affordable housing, with some also used for social housing. 

For the Whenuapai development, the partnership is working with New Ground Capital, Mike Greer Homes and China Construction Bank.

The project is the first of a number the partnership hopes to undertake to help address the city's housing shortage as Treaty of Waitangi Settlements are finalised. 

The project is the first of a number the partnership hopes to undertake to help address the city's housing shortage as Treaty of Waitangi Settlements are finalised. 

 - North Harbour News

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