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A vision for Special Housing Areas – Waimahia Inlet.


Back in 2012 before Special Housing Areas were formed, a consortium of community housing providers and Maori interests glimpsed the potential of 16 hectares of surplus crown land in Weymouth, Manukau City. The land was at the time owned by NZ Housing Corporation and the Ministry of Education.

The consortium approached the Minister for Housing for funding. Their plan was to purchase the land and develop nearly 300 new homes, contributing to significant demand in the area.

The Minister agreed to provide the partners with an initial seed fund to scope out the project. They engaged with leading planning and architectural companies to produce an exciting and innovative master development plan and budget, building on a previous proposal completed by the consortium some years prior.

The outcome of this proposal led to the approval of $29 million of government funding, with an agreement that 60% of the development would be provided for social and affordable housing.

Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau, New Zealand Housing Foundation, CORT Community Housing, and Te Tumu Paeroa got to work to make Waimahia Inlet happen, assisted by Auckland Council as the first Special Housing Area project.

The first house was completed after only 11 months and the Waimahia Inlet community was underway. When finished it will be New Zealand’s first truly mixed tenure community housing development with over 290 properties and a market value of well over $120 million.

40% of the properties will be sold privately and 60% will be sold to community housing organisations. Out of those sold to community housing organisations, over half will be packaged for first time homeownership households, including home saver programmes, shared equity, and rent to buy.

When the development is finished over 75% will be in various forms of owner occupied housing and the remainder affordable and social rental.

Waimahia Inlet is an exemplar to future housing provision across New Zealand. Its successful completion will be down to a partnership of charitable and iwi organisations, together with public and private experts. This combination of experience, financial acumen, and technical and practical knowledge led to the achievement of a common goal for the benefit of the local community and affordable home owner occupiers.

Key facts:

  • First completed Special Housing Area in New Zealand.
  • 290 new homes
  • Government funding of $29 million, covering land purchase and used as working capital
  • When completed the development will be worth over $120 million.
  • 60% community housing/40% privately owned

Last modified: September 29, 2015

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