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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.

PLENTY OF YEARS LEFT IN THIS HOME: Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou whanau oranga services senior manager Anne Huriwai and contractor Peter Thurston inspect a former state home that has been insulated, reclad and will be moved up the Coast for whanau to buy. Relocating four homes in Tyndall Road and London Street has made way for a new building project by Kainga Ora to help combat the housing crisis in this district. Picture by Liam Clayton

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  1. Amelia Annette Houkamau says:

    Hi, I’m really interested – can I have info on how and what the requirements are please. I have no idea how all this goes and am asking on behalf of whanau in Rangitukia and Te Araroa.

  2. RAHERA says:

    Sorry, have to disagree with some of the korero in this story. There is a housing crisis here in Gisborne – especially for 3-4 bedroom homes.
    Just No.1 is listening. I as a single mother have been trying to get myself and my son a home, and after 4 years am still trying.
    I’m happy for our Caast whanau who are able to get these homes, but it would be amazing to just be able to get our own home.
    Nga Mihi

  3. Hinetu Brown says:

    My partner and I are interested in buying a house. We are both full-time workers and have KiwiSaver, just need a stepping stone to go about buying. Both 50 years old and only interested in town.

    1. Tani Waitoa says:

      Kia ora Hinetu,
      My name is Tani Materoa and I work for Tairawhiti Reap. Given yours and your partner’s background I think I can help you out.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Kia ora, what awesome news about homes being relocated and being done up to be safe, warm and affordable to buy.

    I’m still unsure what is happening with my HNZ home but was advised to wait till further notice.

    I’m hoping not to but if I do have to move, that it’s not busted down.
    I hope it is transported safely elsewhere and to be used on this great initiative.

    It’s a beautiful, big, sturdy four-bedroom home. The land it comes with is why it may have to go, so the corp can build more homes for more families.

    Ka pai tena as I’ve read there are so many people on the waiting list and families struggling.

    Kia kaha