Welcome homes - affordable housing for Coast families
Families up the Coast will be able to move into warm homes, thanks to the diligence of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou (TRONPnui).
Instead of bulldozing former Kainga Ora houses to make way for new builds, the houses were gifted to TRONPnui.
Kainga Ora removed the asbestos and TRONPnui made sure the homes were insulated, and those that were brick were reclad in wood.
Some of the finished homes have been moved to Maori land up the Coast, with others to follow.
It has allowed families in Te Araroa and Tikitiki to buy their own homes at an affordable price.
TRONPnui whanau oranga services senior manager Anne Huriwai said they were still gathering costs but so far the pricing stacked up.
Four houses have been moved from their foundations in Tyndall Road and London Street.
In their place, Kainga Ora will build brand new townhouses for whanau in this district to help with the housing crisis.
Since June last year Kainga Ora has built 11 new homes in Gisborne, with a further 57 under construction or in the planning stage.
“These homes are across Gisborne in such places as outer Kaiti, Te Hapara, Elgin and inner Kaiti,” said a Kainga Ora spokesman.
“The four (old) houses were gifted to TRONPnui under a Right of First Refusal agreement. These houses will be used to help home local whanau.
“Kainga Ora provided support to TRONPnui to ensure the relocatable houses were removed in a condition that would ensure safe travel to a new location.”
Project manager Peter Thurston, contracted by TRONPnui, has been involved in moving 20 houses up the Coast over the past 15 years.
“We've got a lot of happy families up there,” he said.
He moved one two days before the Level 4 lockdown for a man and his whanau, it was placed next door to the man's father's house in Tikitiki, which Mr Thurston moved up there 15 years ago.
The homes being relocated are former state houses, a four-bedroom kind Kainga Ora said there was not a demand for in Gisborne. But there is demand for them on the East Coast.
Mr Thurston said they were built in the 1970s and once insulated and reclad, would have at least another 60 years in them.
“They are very warm and well-built homes.”
Moving the homes up the Coast is a joint effort by Gisborne's C.R.Taylor Ltd and Hastings House Removals.