June 30, 2015
Waipareira keen to build affordable housing
West Auckland Maori social services organisation Te Whanau o Waipareira says crown land at Massey needs to be used for affordable housing rather than to fuel developers' super-proftis.
Spokesperson Lance Norman says Waipareira's housing subsidiary has struggled to find development land, because its bids are trumped by speculators and land bankers.
It also pitched for access to the Education ministry-owned block in Moire Rd, which could take up to 300 houses.
Mr Norman says it was prepared to partner with iwi if they got the land under a right of first refusal.
But now the Goverment wants to include the block in its new Auckland special housing project to make available to developers.
"If it’s anything like (the government development at) Hobsonville Point, you are talking affordable houses at $850,000 and state land being sold with may 5 to 10 percent going to affordable houses. It doesn’t seem to be a good use of state land to get affordable housing – it just seems to be a housing strategy rather than an affordable housing strategy," Mr Norman says.
Lance Norman says a large development of affordable and community housing needs to come with the range of social services Waipareira can offer, which Australian developers have no track record ofbeing able to do.
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