Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


First new houses at Fenchurch opened

Hon Bill English

Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand

Hon Dr Nick Smith

Minister for Building and Housing

27 August 2015

First new houses at Fenchurch opened

A milestone in the first phase of the long-term plans of the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) was reached today with Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith opening the first completed homes as part of the Fenchurch neighbourhood regeneration project at Glen Innes, Auckland.

“These 11 houses have been built by Housing New Zealand to meet the needs of today’s social housing tenants, with double-glazing, insulation, thermal quality curtains and low-energy use appliances. They reflect Housing New Zealand’s focus on ensuring its stock is both fit-for-purpose and of good quality,” Mr English says.

The 11 houses opened today – Fenchurch 1A – are a mixture of two-, three- and four-bedroom units, and replace two houses that previously occupied the site. Work is also underway at Fenchurch 1B, which will provide another 21 new homes by early 2016. The entire Fenchurch neighbourhood regeneration project involves the construction of approximately 400 houses in total by 2018.

“The Fenchurch neighbourhood regeneration project is part of the Government’s Social Housing Reform Programme for a more diverse supply of social and affordable housing from a wider range of providers, improved responsiveness to tenants’ needs, and greater recognition of people’s aspiration for housing independence,” Mr English says.

“It is also part of our wider commitment to the Tāmaki area through the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company. Our objective is not just about more housing – it is about building a better, stronger community,” Dr Smith says.

The Tāmaki Redevelopment Company is a joint venture between the Government and Auckland Council with the aim of achieving better housing and social outcomes at Tāmaki, an area which in the past has been dominated by state housing.

Dr Smith said the Auckland Council has been a valuable partner in the project, with the upgrade of local infrastructure and the use of the fast-tracking Special Housing Area mechanism as part of the Auckland Housing Accord.

Earlier this year, the Ministers announced the transfer of the ownership and management of approximately 2800 Housing New Zealand properties to TRC by 31 March 2016, as well as a $200 million loan facility to enable the regeneration in the area to occur at pace.

“The new houses opened today will be part of the transfer to TRC. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the regeneration will see about 7500 new houses be built at Tāmaki in place of 2500 existing ones. The Government has already committed to ensuring that of these, at least 2800 will be social housing to equal the number here now,” Mr English says.

“There are big gains to be had in Tāmaki and the Government is serious about seeing action where it is desperately needed. The opening of these 11 new houses marks good progress towards making a genuine and lasting difference for this community and its people,” Dr Smith says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How The US Supreme Court Is Undermining American Democracy

If Joe Biden is elected President next week, here comes the bad news. If Biden tries to defend Obamacare, combat climate change (via say, a variant of the Green New Deal) or tries to improve the access of US women to abortion services , he will run afoul of a Supreme Court dominated by judges likely to rule that such matters must be left to the states like Missouri and Alabama to manage as they see fit. Meaning: Even if Biden had a radical agenda, this would be unlikely to survive the current bench on the Supreme Court... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Election: ParityBOT_NZ Processed Nearly 200,000 Tweets To Find And Fight Online Abuse Over The NZ Election

Auckland, New Zealand: Of the almost 200,000 tweets directed at women candidates that Areto Labs’ proprietary election Twitter bot, ParityBOT_NZ, processed over the New Zealand election period, nearly 4,000 were classified as toxic and triggered ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels