February 21, 2019
Quality boost in city housing redevelopment
Housing Minister Phil Twyford says increased provision of public housing is critical to addressing Māori housing need.
Mr Twyford this morning said farewell to a 60-year old apartment building in Grey’s Avenue in central Auckland, which is to be replaced by two towers with a total of 279 apartments in a mix of public housing and private apartments.
It’s part of the largest state housing initiative in generations, with $4 billion being spent on thousands of dwellings around the country.
He says 40 percent of those on Housing New Zealand’s waiting list are Māori, so the initiative will help thousands of whānau Māori.
The Grey’s Ave redevelopment will be done under a common ground approach, so there will be large public spaces, a 24 hour concierge, nurses and social services on site.
"I think the real exciting thing about this development is it's evidence of a whole new level of ambition under the coalition Government to boost and increase the supply of public housing and lift the quality level. This is really top quality architecture and urban design here and a commitment to giving people a fantastic living environment and that's part of our vision for state housing in the 21st century," Mr Twyford says.
Demolition of 139 Grey’s Avenue starts next week.
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