Glen Innes state houses ready for tenants
Fancy new state houses created in controversy are ready for their first Auckland tenants.
Heat pumps, double glazing, thermal curtains and insulation await new residents of the first two homes built under the Glen Innes redevelopment project.
However, it's been a rough road to get the Housing NZ properties constructed.
Numerous angry protests followed the controversial eviction of state housing tenants in the area.
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and veteran activist John Minto were among those charged over protest action against the housing project.
Housing NZ chief executive Glen Sowry said he understood the changes had caused angst among residents, but he was confident the new homes would win people over.
"They are really nice houses to live in."
The homes would be warmer in winter and more energy-efficient, he said.
Some sections have been subdivided to make way for more housing, but Sowry said there was enough space for families.
"It's not just jamming people in, but how do we make intelligent use of the land."
Housing NZ is redeveloping or removing 156 houses to create 260 new homes on smaller sections in Glen Innes.
Of these, 86 houses have so far been demolished and 114 families have been relocated.
The new tenants of the two new homes are expected to move in by the end of the month.