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CHB Mail - 2021-11-25

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New homes deliver early festive gift

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Eight whānau will be moving into new homes on the corner of Herbert Rd and River Terrace in Waipukurau. Construction is complete on the eight new homes built for Kā inga Ora — Homes and Communities to address the increasing need for public housing in Central Hawke's Bay. Mana whenua blessed the houses on Monday, November 15. Three whā nau have now moved in. “There is an urgent need for more public housing across the Hawke's Bay,” says Naomi Whitewood (Ngāti Porou, Ngapuhi), regional director East North Island, Kāinga Ora. “The completion of these homes is welcome progress in getting more people out of unstable living conditions and into a warm, dry and healthy place to call home. “However, due to the location, the homes are not suitable for whānau with very young children.” The developer delivered the homes earlier than originally planned. “This is good news for the new occupants who will be able to get into their new home before Christmas rather than next year.” The eight homes are all twobedroom. Four are duplex style (two homes joined) and four are stand-alone. The homes are built to Homestar 6 Standards. They are low maintenance, warm and dry and fully insulated with a heat pump, doubleglazing, carpets and curtains. Each property has a parking space, concrete patio, washing line and little garden to maintain. The homes were matched with the whānau on the Ministry of Social Development's Housing Register who had the highest priority for a home of that size and in that location. “We work hard to ensure we place people in homes that best meet their needs, to live well in their home and to thrive in their community,” says Whitewood. Kāinga Ora is also looking at other ways to make more homes available in Waipukurau and the wider Hawke's Bay. “Working together and alongside businesses and community groups, we will develop longer-term sustainable housing solutions for whā nau and tamariki in Hawke's Bay. “In Waipukurau, we are working together on a site in Porangahau Rd. “Plans are still at an early stage of development. Following community engagement we're aiming to start work in mid-2022.” Central Hawke's Bay Mayor Alex Walker says she is thrilled that after many years Kā inga Ora has increased its investment in the region. “We have far too many families living in overcrowded conditions or emergency housing and we all need to work at pace to slow down this escalating crisis. “Together with Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea we have established a local housing taskforce and look forward to working together with Kāinga Ora and other housing providers to increase access to both public and affordable housing. “For our eight whānau who will be living in these new homes this is exciting and I look forward to more Central Hawke's Bay lives being changed.”

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