Andrew Booker, Rob Davidson and Wharekawa Kaa
New warm and dry homes ready for tenants
Residents are enjoying the first of Housing New Zealand’s larger Aranui redevelopments which opened at 81-89 Aldershot St on 8 April.
The official opening of the new homes was hosted by Aranui Community Trust Chair Rob Davidson and HNZ Acting General Manager of Earthquake Recovery Andrew Booker, Kaumatua Wharekawa Kaa blessed the new place, which has since been filled with tenants.
This was followed by two open home sessions where neighbours and other stakeholders could see through one of the houses, furnished for the occasion.
Overlooking Wainoni Park on the corner of Ben Rarere Ave, this complex has 15 two, three and four bedroom units. All are fully double-glazed and insulated, with individual courtyards. The three and four bedroom ones come with garages, which were added to the plans following engagement with the community.
Meanwhile, building is well underway on other large sites at:
- 9-21 Eureka St (scheduled for completion around the end of June)
- 70-80 Hampshire St
- 23-25 Aldershot Street (at the other corner with Ben Rarere Ave).
Six new homes going up at 163-167 Hampshire Street, and another six at 112-120 Rowses Road are also due to be finished in June.
Housing New Zealand staff are available at the Aranui Heartlands office every Tuesday and Wednesday 1-3pm.
Housing New Zealand – Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons – 1 to 3pm
Housing New Zealand has a long-standing connection with Aranui and the eastern suburbs of Christchurch.
The social housing provider has more than 500 homes in the suburb and is building around 100 new ones as part of its contribution tot he rebuild, recovery and regeneration of the community after the earthquakes. It consulted closely with the Aranui community over its plans for these new warm, dry homes and received praise from the Aranui Community Trust for is efforts to engage and listen to the community’s feedback.
Housing New Zealand staff work out of the Aranui Heartlands office every week:
- Senior Tenancy Manager Darryl Freeman every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm
- Tenancy Manager Tamsyn Edwards every Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm.
By basing themselves in the community, they offer personal access to information, advice and support to Housing new Zealand tenants.