July 25, 2022
Ngāi Tai goes with flow in housing boom
Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki has completed its Belmont Village development at Pukekohe.
Chief executive Tama Potaka says all 93 homes have been sold for between $550,000 and $650,000 each, including six to Kainga Ora for public housing and some to Habitat for Humanity for its progressive homeownership programme.
The four-year KiwiBuild project on land secured through the government’s Land for Housing programme was a partnership with Latham Construction.
Mr Potaka says the aim of the iwi is to build not just houses but communities, which on Pukekohe was helped by good urban design and the site next to the new Tamaoho Primary School.
“So some of those things make it easier for communities to thrive – good design, good urban flow, good traffic and pedestrian flow and also a school adjacent to your development really elevate the development to more than what it could have been,” he says.
Ngāi Tai is now developing 350 homes and mixed-use facilities on a brownfield block between Middlemore Hospital and Kings College, and along with other Tamaki Makaurau iwi, it is in line to develop the Unitec site at Mt Albert.