The demolition of 61 state houses in the Lower Hutt suburb of Pomare has started today.
Twenty-seven state homes on the corner of High St and Farmer Cres have already been demolished as part of a planned revamp.
The first stage of the redevelopment will include eight houses on The Endway, likely to be a mix of larger homes and smaller two bedroom units.
Housing New Zealand plans to own just 20 per cent of the new homes.
Farmer Cres came to national attention in early 2009 when Mongrel Mob members were accused of terrorising a single mother into leaving her home.
Housing NZ spent more than $1 million trying to evict three gang- linked women and their families from the street, but has since decided not to press ahead with the evictions.
Two of the women's homes are being torn down to make way for new housing.
- The Dominion Post
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