Thirty new affordable rentals to be built in Pāpāmoa for Ngā Pōtiki whānau

Six new three-bedroom townhouses were opened in Manawa in December 2021 and house whānau who whakapapa at Ngā Pōtiki in Tamapahore. Photo / Provided

Thirty new affordable rental units will be available for Ngā Pōtiki whānau following a $15 million funding increase.

Ten four-bedroom houses and 20 two- and three-bedroom townhouses will be allocated for low-income working Ngā Pōtiki whānau to live in, an iwi statement said today.

The funding, given to the housing arm of Ngā Pōtiki at Tamapahore Trust, Manawa Community Housing Trust, was provided through the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga Fund of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Manawa partnered with Generation Homes to build the properties.

The first stage is the construction of the 10 four-bedroom houses and is already underway. Preparatory work has begun on the four-bedroom homes, which will be rented around November, the statement said.

The second stage of development involves the construction of four townhouse blocks of two and three bedroom homes, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

The 30 homes will be located in the Manawa subdivision in Pāpāmoa and will be rented to low-income working Ngā Pōtiki whānau at below market rental rates, ensuring whānau have access to affordable, healthy and stable housing.

All homes will be solar powered and the four bedroom homes are custom designed, designed for their specific sites and feature an indoor garage and two bathrooms.

Manawa Community Housing Trust chief executive Victoria Carroll said the affordable rentals are part of a larger housing strategy to build a total of 216 rental units for Ngā Pōtiki whānau by 2028.

This project follows the opening of six new three-bedroom townhouses in December 2021, which house whānau who whakapapa – have genealogical links – with Ngā Pōtiki in Tamapahore.

“We have completed six three-bedroom homes that are now rented in whānau and are excited to begin construction on our 30 new rental homes,” said Carroll.

Providing quality affordable housing to all Ngā Pōtiki members is a strategy for Ngā Pōtiki at Tamapahore Trust and Manawa Community Housing Trust, which is a registered community housing provider tasked specifically with providing housing solutions for Ngā Pōtiki whānau.

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