A fresh approach underway for city centre state housing

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12 February 2018

Crown entity Housing New Zealand has this week begun conversations with tenants, partners, government agencies, non-government agencies and neighbours about the future of its well-known building at 139 Greys Ave, Auckland.

Greys Avenue

"Our aim is to work together to design and build a new type of housing with wrap-around services that will enable a mix of tenants with various needs to live in a community that provides a fresh approach to inner city living." said Housing New Zealand Regional Manager Neil Adams.

"Our current Greys Ave building is nearing the end of its life and does not fit the needs of many of our tenants or the wider community. The intention is that it will be removed and we will work with the existing tenants to move them to other suitable Housing New Zealand homes."

Approximate timeline:

  • Workshops and conversations with tenants, neighbours, partners and service providers, as well as an international review of best practice for inner city state housing (February to May)
  • Finalised plans to Housing New Zealand Board end May 2018
  • Estimated resource consent lodgement June 2018
  • Estimated building construction start date 2019
  • Estimated new building and services operational 2021.

Mr Adams said there will be ongoing communication with tenants, neighbours and stakeholders throughout the life of the development. Information on the existing building and the development can be found in the media pack and on Housing New Zealand’s website.

Notes to editors:

Housing New Zealand’s building at 139 Greys Ave is located on a 3,918 sqm site in upper Greys Avenue, near Aotea Square in Auckland’s city centre. The nine-storey, 87 unit building was built in 1957. It is one of two Housing New Zealand properties in the street. The lower building next door does not form part of this development.

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