Everything is community: developer and incoming resident experiences of the establishment phase at Waimahia Inlet
Waimahia Inlet is an affordable housing development located on the edge of the Manukau Harbour, 23km south of the Auckland CBD and 5km southwest of Manukau City centre. On completion, Waimahia Inlet will be Aotearoa’s largest third sector housing development with 295 dwellings, approximately 70% of these being either assisted homeownership or homes retained by community housing providers as affordable rental accommodation. The development arose out of the shared interests of the consortium partners to provide good-quality, affordable housing for lower income New Zealand households. This report presents the findings of a study on the establishment phase of the development.
The case study contributes to a broader project, Resilient Urban Futures, concerned with the social, economic and environmental performance of different models of urban development. Waimahia is interesting for a number of reasons:
– it is being carried out by a consortium of Māori organisations and community housing providers, drawing on the complementary capacities of these groups and their shared interest in providing affordable, good-quality housing for those in need
– it is the largest third sector housing project undertaken to date in Aotearoa
– it was the first Special Housing Area designated under the Auckland Housing Accord, signed between central government and Auckland Council in September 2013.