Tenants are now enjoying living in 17 of Housing New Zealand’s newest homes at its recently-completed Daventry Street development in Auckland’s Waterview.
They moved into the modern new homes – a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom dwellings – in October and November.
Before construction was complete, local residents who attended an open day at the site were positive about what they saw.
“The homes are lovely – I like the internal access garages, the double wardrobes and the compact gardens…I like everything. I want to move in!” said Sue, a local neighbour who has lived in Daventry Street for 20 years.
Housing New Zealand’s Asset Development Group General Manager Patrick Dougherty says the redevelopment is a typical example of how Housing New Zealand is making more efficient use of its land across Auckland.
“The site is almost 3,500 sqm but previously had just three 1940s brick duplexes that were well past their ‘use-by’ date. Now 17 warm, dry, healthy homes stand in their place; it’s a much wiser use of the land and will benefit many more people in need of housing.”
The average age of Housing New Zealand’s stock nationally is around 44 years and Mr Dougherty says these older homes become increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain and live in.
“The new homes we’re building in Waterview, and across the country, are architecturally designed and built to modern standards. They feature double-glazing, insulation, thermal quality curtains and carpet, and they’re positioned to make the most of the sun; all factors which make them more comfortable and economical places to live.”
The redevelopment is just one of a number Housing New Zealand is doing across Auckland.
Only a stone’s throw away on the corner of Saxon and Daventry Streets 12 homes are replacing five on a 2,680sqm site, while in Waterbank Cres 32 new homes will replace 11 war-era houses on a 6,609 sqm site.
And a 2,168 sqm site in Henderson’s Universal Drive now boasts five four-bedroom family homes where there were previously only two old houses, and in one Mt Roskill redevelopment (Housing New Zealand has several in the area), three 1950s houses have been replaced with nine homes on a 2,044 sqm site.
In the three months to September 16, Housing NZ submitted 60 resource consent applications to Auckland Council – an average of one development and 21 dwellings for every working day.
It’s a level of activity that speaks volumes about the scale and pace at which the organisation is operating.
“Those applications represent more than 1250 houses with the potential to accommodate more than 3,200 people across 18 Auckland suburbs,” Patrick says.