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From landless to landlord – iwi launches new housing project

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

An iwi-led partnership is building a 49-home development at Whenuapai, and says the project is the first of a number it hopes to undertake to help address Auckland’s housing shortage as Treaty of Waitangi settlements are finalised.

The Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership, made up of Pare Hauraki Iwi and Te Tumu Kāinga, a charitable trust administered by Te Tumu Paeroa, has purchased a greenfield site and is funding the construction of the development.

The partnership is working with New Ground Capital, Mike Greer Homes and the China Construction Bank to develop the 6,400m2 site. It is adjacent to other significant residential and commercial developments in the rapidly developing Whenuapai area.

Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership chair Paul Majurey says this is a significant investment for iwi.

“It also demonstrates the growing role of iwi in the local economy as we look to develop our commercial asset base in the post-Treaty settlement phase, which will only increase as more settlements are finalised, such as the Hauraki Collective and Marutūāhu Collective settlements,” Mr Majurey said.

Two other examples of iwi developing sites for housing are:

“Iwi will become more and more important as developers of housing projects, including affordable housing, which we hope will help ease housing shortages as well helping to grow the asset bases of iwi for the long term.”

Te Tumu Kāinga General Manager Declan Millin said: “this is an exciting opportunity for Te Tumu Kāinga. It enables us to extend partnerships with iwi organisations and create new relationships. Following our successful involvement developing affordable housing at Waimahia Inlet, the financial returns from this development will allow us to continue our charitable trust aim – delivering better accommodation outcomes for Māori.”

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Tamaki Housing EOI for tenancy management services

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The Tamaki Housing Association (THA) is the wholly owned tenancy management services business of Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd (TRC). THA delivers these services for TRC’s existing portfolio of around 2,800 social houses. TRC is inviting indications of interest from parties interested in acquiring THA.

THA will remain the vehicle for delivering tenancy management services and TRC is open to receiving indications of interest from parties that can demonstrate an ability to deliver the services required, even if they do not currently have tenancy management operations or hold registered community housing provider status.
GETS 18456063 EOI’s close 6 April 2017.


Here’s a news report from Newshub looking at some of the issues this large regeneration that will more than double its population over next 15-20 years, is facing and what it might mean for tenants like Niki Rauti.

Collaboration gives families new homes

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The first of 14 families have begun moving into a new block of apartments in Auckland which are the result of a partnership between government agencies and community housing providers, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

“I am delighted that Housing New Zealand, the Ministry of Social Development and three providers have worked together to ensure that 14 vulnerable families have somewhere safe and secure to live and where they will receive the help they need to address issues that may be holding them back,” Mrs Bennett says.

The Glen Eden apartments were bought by Housing New Zealand (HNZ) from a developer. Community provider VisionWest has leased the block and is sub-leasing some units to Monte Cecilia and Airedale Properties with support from LifeWise. They will provide wraparound services for tenants with funding from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

“A stable home is important in helping people get back on their feet. Providing these families with intensive support and social services is good for the parents, their children and their communities,” Mrs Bennett says.

“The Government is growing the community provider sector in social housing through partnerships such as this and through social housing transfers such as in Tauranga and the newly announced Christchurch transfer.

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Te Atatu land secured for additional housing

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Land suitable for 60 apartments on the Te Atatu Peninsula is the latest addition to the Crown Land Programme, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

The plan is for 20 per cent of the dwellings to be sold below the HomeStart cap of $650,000 and 20 per cent to be made available for social housing.

“The opportunity to develop the land will first be offered to Ngā Mana Whenua through its Limited Partnership, in line with the Development Protocol under the Deed of Settlement with Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau. If an acceptable proposal is not made by the Limited Partnership, the development opportunity will then be offered to the top-ranked developer on MBIE’s private sector developer panel.

“This site is just 12.5km from the Auckland CBD and 1.5km from the Te Atatu Peninsula Town Centre, as well as being within easy walking distance of a bus stop, schooling and parks. It is an ideal development site for new housing.”

Community housing providers (CHPs) are encouraged to be part of the development. The Ministry of Social Development will connect interested CHPs from its panel of preferred providers with the developer once confirmed.

The Government is providing $144.5 million to help CHPs fund these types of developments. CHPs can apply for up-front funding of up to 50 per cent of the value of the development, or a weekly grant of up to 50 per cent of market rent on top of the current rental subsidies the Government provides once the properties are built, or a combination of both up to the equivalent level of funding provided by either the upfront funding or weekly subsidy alone.

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Everything is community: developer and incoming resident experiences of the establishment phase at Waimahia Inlet

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

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.

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Earthworks to start at Moire Road housing development

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Earthworks are set to begin on the 196-home Massey East project as part of the Crown Land Housing Programme, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“Today’s blessing of the site by Fletcher Residential’s partner, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and the turning of the first sod pave the way for earthworks to start in early November,” Dr Smith says.

“The staged development is a mix of detached single story dwellings, terraces and duplexes, with the first homes to be completed by the end of August 2017 and the whole development completed by mid-2019.

“A 30 per cent portion, or 59 homes, will be made available for social housing. Community Housing Providers (CHPs) will have first option to purchase these homes and, if not taken up, they will be available to first home buyers. Fletcher Residential is already in negotiations with three CHPs on purchasing homes in the development. The Government is providing support to the CHPs through Income Related Rent Subsidies and upfront funding.”

The site was formerly held by the Ministry of Education for a new school but became surplus to its requirements when Hobsonville Point Secondary School was built instead.

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Affordable homes for Mt Albert development

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The Government has signed an agreement with Marutūāhu Rōpū and Ockham Residential Limited for a 100-home development in New North Road, Mt Albert, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“This development, with an average house price of $573,000 and only 8km from Auckland’s city centre, is a welcome addition to the Government’s Crown Land Housing Programme.

This project is led by the Marutūāhu Iwi and is significant as the first development under the Housing Protocol between the Crown and Tāmaki Collective. Dr Smith and joint venture partners Marutūāhu and Ockham Residential today signed the heads of agreement on the project.

“This site was originally owned by the New Zealand Transport Agency as part of the Waterview roading development and was identified last year as a candidate for the Crown Land Housing Programme. The development opportunity was optimised by purchasing earlier this year an adjacent section which was privately owned.

“The key to more affordable housing close to Auckland city is greater density and smart design. The Special Housing Area status granted earlier this year enables 100 homes on the site, rather than 24 under the old planning rules. Ockham has proven experience in developing innovative, high-quality and affordable housing with a focus on three and four level character apartments. Marutūāhu Rōpū is an important partner and through the Tāmaki Collective helped achieve the successful housing development at Waimahia at Weymouth.

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1,200 home development for South Auckland

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Work is expected to get underway soon on the first stage of a significant new residential neighbourhood of over 1,200 homes on the edge of the Manukau Harbour.

The 14-hectare master-planned development in Favona and next to Mangere Bridge, will ultimately become home to approximately 4,000 people.

Consisting of a combination of architecturally designed terraced houses as well as apartments, the first stage will focus on the building of 38 two storey terrace homes and an apartment complex that will consist of 196 apartments within 2 six storey buildings and 1 four storey building.

Large common areas are set to be a key feature of the development. A central park of approximately 5,000m2 is proposed to be used for sports and leisure adjacent to the community centre that will be available for public use and to host events. A small retail precinct with cafés and convenience services near to the central park will also support a weekend market space, and is expected to create a vibrant centre for the community to enjoy.

Although pricing for homes is yet to be set, early indications are that 20% of homes will be under $600,000 with 70% under $750,000.

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Early ground works get underway on Mariner Rise

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The wait is nearly over for future home owners hoping to buy a piece of the Whangaparaoa coastal lifestyle, as work is set to get underway soon on a new 60-home subdivision in Arkles Bay.

The development, called Mariner Rise, is being led by high profile New Zealand owned residential property development company McConnell Property, and is located on a prime two-hectare site on Link Crescent.

The former Auckland Council-owned and largely under-utilised vacant site was earmarked for housing in 2004 by the then Rodney District Council with present-Council organisation, Panuku Development Auckland, appointing McConnell Property as the site’s developer late last year.

Under a masterplan that incorporates previous community feedback, Mariner Rise will consist of 60 townhouses in 2, 3 or 4 bedroom configurations with garaging and off-street parking on north-facing sections that make the most of the gently sloping site.

The houses will be delivered by three building partners and will also include a 2700m² public reserve with a playground designed by renowned landscape architects, Boffa Miskell, which incorporates native plantings, log and natural wood elements.

Land to the south of the housing development site will be prepared for a community centre earmarked for the future by Auckland Council.

Development Manager from McConnell Property, Matt Anderson says the company is glad to be able to play a part in transforming a site that holds huge potential as an asset for current and future residents.

“Conveniently located near to the Whangaparaoa Plaza mall and a cinema but still within a stone’s throw of the beach at Arkle’s Bay, Mariner Rise represents the best the area’s coastal lifestyle has to offer.”

“With earthworks commencing early October we’re looking forward to providing more housing in a very sought after area and do our bit to help the housing supply situation and create new recreation facilities for the local community.”

Director of Development at Panuku, Allan Young, says with resource consent granted in July it’s great to hear McConnell Property is now at the delivery stage for the project.

“In the new Unitary Plan environment, developments like Mariner Rise hold the future for how we tackle the current housing situation. It’s about making the most of land opportunities available to Auckland Council and respecting community needs in the process.”

Ground works will begin shortly and construction of the first homes of Mariner Rise is expected to begin in mid-2017. Council work is also set to get underway soon on a related stormwater improvement project at the nearby D’Oyly Reserve. This project will see the daylighting of a previously piped stream with the aim of creating a new habitat and improved bio-diversity in the reserve.

Government should address the demand side of our housing crisis

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Leading Environmental law firm, Berry Simons, is calling on the Government to consider the need to address housing demand, rather than focusing only on bringing more supply to the market, in its bid to curb Auckland’s severe housing shortage.

Partner Simon Berry says that “we can draw lessons from Canada, where the Government has taken the responsible step of committing funds and resource to investigating the impact of foreign investors on the housing market.”

As a response to burgeoning house prices in Vancouver and Toronto, 90% of which have surpassed C$1 million (The Guardian), British Columbia’s provincial government has imposed an additional 15% tax on foreign purchasers of Vancouver homes. The tax has had an immediate impact in reducing sales to foreign investors.

“We absolutely agree with media reports and widespread experts that ‘limiting demand instead of simply increasing supply’ is a powerful way to create a fairer housing market.”

Berry says media reports suggest the additional tax has resulted in Vancouver’s property market contracting with a reduction in both sales and property prices. He says the same may occur here but, either way, the effect is likely to be short term.

“The current level of demand would appear to be insatiable. In these circumstances, merely increasing supply rather than addressing demand overlooks the basics of Economics 101. This could even make matters worse.

 Thus far the Government has only attempted to address supply through the creation of Special Housing Areas via the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act. And that legislation has just been extended for another three years.”

Berry Simons has acted on many of the applications that have already progressed within the 154 SHAs approved to date in Auckland.

“But the question must be asked, who are the houses in these SHAs being sold to? If a significant number are being sold to foreign investors, as seems to clearly be the case, we end up no further ahead.”

Berry Simons strongly believes that if the Government is seriously committed to addressing the Auckland, and spreading, housing crisis, it must consider imposing restrictions on foreign investors to assist dampening demand.

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