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Tamaki Regeneration Company 'excited about transfer of homes'

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Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) is excited about the opportunities that come with owning and managing all the social houses in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure from 1 April 2016.

"The Tāmaki Regeneration Programme will deliver at least 7,500 new quality homes and unlock opportunities for social and economic growth," says John Holyoake, Chief Executive, TRC.

"Some Housing NZ led redevelopments are already underway and we will look to accelerate this to ensure that we continue to put our residents in new, warm and dry homes."

Mr Holyoake says families are central to the company’s work.

"Those people affected by redevelopment and who want to stay in Tāmaki will have the opportunity to do so. This means TRC and its partners will provide sufficient housing to cater for those affected by redevelopment. "

TRC is jointly owned by the Crown and Auckland Council. It has been increasing its capability since April 2015 when the Government announced the transfer of social houses. It builds on the work it has been doing with NGOs, local community groups and other stakeholders over the last three years.

A dedicated team has been recruited to focus on tenancy and property management at the newly established subsidiary, Tāmaki Housing Association - a registered community housing provider owned by TRC.

The rights and responsibilities of tenants will remain the same as they were with Housing NZ and are protected by law. Eligibility assessments for social housing will remain the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Development.

"As part of the regeneration programme, our tenancy managers will work closely with families on the support they require, and explore other economic and social opportunities. It helps that a number of the team are from the area or have whakapapa to Tāmaki. This is the same across the TRC team," says Mr Holyoake.

"Regeneration is more than bricks and mortar. It’s about creating more jobs, better access to quality education and training and helping local families to take advantage of the opportunities that work best for them."

TRC also aims to achieve social, economic, and placemaking objectives over the next 15 years in the Tāmaki area.

"In addition to 31 new properties in the Fenchurch neighbourhood, TRC has already delivered a new early learning centre that is now at capacity, with 60 local kids enrolled. It has also transformed an old scout hall into a modern multipurpose community hall - Te Whare Piringa - which is run by local residents," says Mr Holyoake.

"TRC is well embedded in the community. However, we want to accelerate the programme to ensure that we are delivering to our community at scale."

Tāmaki Regeneration Company has recently opened a second office in Panmure.

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