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Housing NZ completes 19 new homes in Mt Roskill

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Construction is complete, or near complete, on 19 brand new Housing New Zealand homes that have been built across three Mt Roskill sites and will house tenants in the coming weeks.

On a 2,044 square metre site in Bremner Ave nine new homes - two four-bedroom and seven two-bedroom - now stand where there were originally just three 1950s houses.

Housing New Zealand’s Asset Development Group acting general manager Patrick Dougherty says the development is a much wiser use of the land.

"Given the high demand for housing in Auckland, it’s no longer realistic for us to have a large site like the one in Bremner Ave accommodating only two or three houses. Developments like these allow us to use our land more efficiently and build more housing of the right size and type to meet demand."

Elsewhere in Mt Roskill, eight new homes are being built on a 1770 sqm site on the corner of Richardson Road and Howell Crescent. The new homes, due for completion in May and June, will replace the two 1950s houses that previously occupied the land.

And in Cormack Street there is now a four-bedroom and five-bedroom home sitting on a 989 sqm site where before there was only one three-bedroom house built in 1956.

The average age of Housing New Zealand’s stock is more than 45 years and Mr Dougherty says these older homes become increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain and live in.

"The homes we’re building in Mt Roskill, and elsewhere, are designed and built to modern standards and feature double-glazing, insulation and modern materials and fittings inside and out. They’re purpose-built to meet the needs of today’s tenants."

Housing New Zealand’s Mt Roskill Area Manager Vanya Vitasovich says it’s exciting to have so many new homes coming on stream in the community she looks after.

"It’s fantastic to know we have these fit-for-purpose homes ready and waiting for families who need them," she says. "We’re heading into winter now and I know that the tenants who move into these homes will enjoy a warm, dry, comfortable environment through the colder months."

Ms Vitasovich says the locations of the new housing will also give tenants good access to local amenities.

"Our new housing in Bremner Ave has a park and playground next door, a bus stop 100 metres down the road and the primary, intermediate and grammar schools just a stone’s throw away. It will give the families who live there an amazing opportunity to easily participate in this wonderful community."

Housing New Zealand is currently contributing to the development of more than 420 new-supply houses across Auckland and plans to retain more than 275 of those homes.

The development on the corner of Richardson Road and Howell Cres has been completed on Special Housing Area (SHA) land - one of dozens of sites across Auckland where Auckland Council and government have approved fast-track development to more quickly supply much-needed housing.

"With SHAs, we’re able to move much more swiftly to increase and improve the supply of social housing, as well as the overall supply of housing in the pressured Auckland market," Patrick Dougherty says.

Housing New Zealand has land in around 50 Special Housing Areas across Auckland. In the next five years or so it expects it could create up to around 2650 houses across these SHAs - sites where there are currently only about 528 homes.

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