A blessing today has marked the start of a major social housing re-development in Rangiora.
Local iwi, invited guests including Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers as well as Housing New Zealand staff, attended the blessing on the corner of White and High Streets.
Work will now start on building the largest re-development undertaken by Housing New Zealand in North Canterbury. Nine older houses were previously there but these will be replaced by 28 modern units.
Housing New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Paul Commons, who attended today’s blessing, says the exciting new development will play a major role in meeting future demand for social housing in the community.
“These homes will be purpose-built for older tenants. There will be communal spaces and we’re aiming to create a real sense of community here.’’
Mr Commons said it was pleasing to see the development begin.
“They’ll be warm, dry, healthy homes for those most in need.’’
Another benefit was its location. The site is very close to local shops, health services and public transport.
Site works will now begin with the project expected to be completed by late 2018.
Mr Commons says the Rangiora re-development is part of Housing New Zealand’s ongoing commitment to modernise its social housing portfolio across greater Christchurch.
“We’ve already helped transform Greater Christchurch through our $350 million Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme which built and repaired 5,700 houses.’’
“In addition to the 163 houses we built over the last 8 months, we’re investing a further $46.3 million into 145 new social houses in Greater Christchurch which means a total of $98.3 million for 308 new social homes for those in need.’’