July 20, 2021
Ngai Tai looks to own in house building frenzy
One of Auckland's largest iwi housebuilders is teaming up with a housing charity to ensure some of its own people get homes.
Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki has already delivered a number of apartments and houses around the city, and it has just got sign off from Ministers Megan Woods and Grant Robertson for a 300-plus unit development at Middlemore that will be a mix of Kainga Ora, Kiwibuild and market homes.
Chair James Brown says it also signed a memorandum of understanding with Habitat for Humanity, starting with four of the properties on its Pukekohe subdivision which have been made available for iwi members.
"One thing our own iwi keeps us on notice about is the effort we are putting into ourselves. The synergy with Habit for Humanity is a natural one for us insofar as their experience and intelligence around our impoverished communities, which we have like every other iwi so we are only going to measure our success around how well we are advancing our most vulnerable," he says.
Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki also has a joint venture with Whātāpaka-based iwi Ngāti Tamaoho and the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development to build 600 to 900 homes on the site of the former Kingseat psychiatric hospital.
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