Housing New Zealand announces new housing for Johnsonville

2 December 2016

Housing New Zealand plans to build 21 one-bedroom, modern, warm and dry town houses in Johnsonville.


The new, low maintenance homes, to be built at 41 Frankmoore Avenue, will be fully insulated, warm and dry, and filled with light.

“The new homes exemplify Housing New Zealand’s commitment to providing high quality housing which not only meets the needs of today’s families, but is also future proofed to meet ongoing demand,” Patrick Dougherty, Housing New Zealand’s General Manager of Asset Development, says.

“We’re excited about this development, which will breathe new life into the neighbourhood and will add to the attractiveness of the area. These are all smaller properties – which is what we need more of – and they’ve been designed in a way that ensures they have plenty of shared outdoor space and communal garden areas, to help create a good sense of community,” he says.

Once resource consent is granted, construction is planned to begin in mid 2017. The properties have been designed by award-winning architects Jerram Tocker Barron, and will comprise three separate complexes each containing seven townhouse-style apartments.

The exterior of the building has been designed to blend with the nature of the existing buildings and surrounds. The development will include off-street parking, and privacy for tenants and neighbours will be ensured through good urban design.

Mr Dougherty also says that Housing New Zealand will continue to stay in touch with the community throughout the process.

“We aim to be a good neighbour, so construction noise and disruption will be kept to a minimum through comprehensive site and traffic management planning. We’re also talking to the community about our plans, to make sure everyone is well informed and they can contact us directly if they have any questions at all,” he says.

Earlier in the year, Housing New Zealand demolished a 12-unit complex on the site after it was found to be earthquake-prone.


Housing New Zealand facts

Housing New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest social housing landlord, providing homes for people and families in the greatest need, for as long as they need them.

We maintain these houses so they are safe, dry, warm and healthy to live in.



  • We own and manage around 64,000 homes across the country, with a value of around $21 billion
  • We have more than 182,000 people living in our homes
  • We are set to invest around $500m this year on maintaining and upgrading properties
  • We are set to build or acquire nearly 4,900 new homes for social and affordable housing over the next three years.


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