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Housing relief on the way

Homes to be built in Te Hapara, inner and outer Kaiti, Elgin, Mangapapa.

Over the next 18 months more than 200 new homes will be added to social housing on offer in this district, with many built to suit inter-generational living.

Once completed, these builds will almost halve the Ministry of Social Development waiting list number, and relieve demand on motels that have housed families on the waiting list.

The builds will also keep the construction industry busy over the next few years as residential and commercial developments ramp up in this region.

In response to an Official Information Act request, Kainga Ora has told The Gisborne Herald where and how many bedrooms each of the new homes would have.

There will be —

■ 8 x 1-bedroom units (52 square metres)

■ 49 x 2-bedroom units (76sqm)

■ 13 x 3-bedroom units (106 sqm)

■ 15 x 4-bedroom units (135 sqm).

Kainga Ora government relations manager Rachel Kelly said some of the homes, such as a four-bedroom home with an accessible bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor, would suit inter-generational living, .

“Single level homes also cater to households consisting of elderly family members, or those with mobility issues.”

Ms Kelly said the homes would be built in Te Hapara, outer Kaiti, inner Kaiti, Elgin and Mangapapa.

“The properties are in various stages of planning, including 55 at the feasibility stage.

“Gisborne District Council has been very good to work with and very supportive of what Kainga Ora is looking to achieve in the area.”

Added to that number are up to 90 social housing homes being built and overseen by Manaaki Tairawhiti.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou (TRONPnui) has also relocated former Kainga Ora homes up the Coast, where they have been done up for whanau.

New Zealand construction firm Iconiq Group is building a 12-unit central city development alongside other plans for this region's housing supply, supported by Trust Tairawhiti.

Iconiq general manager Todd Scrafton said they were in the design stage and applying for resource consent for the build of 12 walk-up apartments in the inner city.

These will be a mix of one and two bedrooms.

Construction will start halfway through next year, if not earlier, he says.

Mr Scrafton says while that build is taking place, they will also be looking to buy more land and do more developments.

The Gisborne Herald will tomorrow have more information from Kainga Ora on where their builds will happen after speaking to the neighbours of these properties today.

File picture by Liam Clayton

  1. Tania Barbarich says:

    While 18 months is a long time, this is still awesome to hear. So many families waiting and in desperate need of housing. Fantastic news.