"We are the grandchildren of Frieda Henare, the lady that one of these lanes is named after," said Darius.
We are very pleased that one of these lanes has been named after her because whenever we walk past it reminds us of our nanny."
Darius and his cousin Malachi were part of the group of year 6 children from Henderson South School who were asked to help create new street names for two recent Housing New Zealand redevelopments in the area.
One street was named Frieda Henare Lane after the boys’ grandmother who was a much loved matriarch of the area. The other was named Aporo Tawhito Lane – "Old Apple Lane" – in recognition of the area’s former horticulture heritage.
At the official opening of the new homes with Housing and Urban Development Minister Hon Phil Twyford, the children performed a waiata and Darius gave a beautiful speech for Frieda, who "was a grandmother, a mum, a friend to many people," he said.
Minister Twyford thanked the children for their contribution, reminding everyone that it takes a whole community to create a neighbourhood where our people can thrive.
"There is a real demand for public housing in the Henderson-Massey area. These 16 new houses mean families of different sizes can make Coburg Street their home; with these 7 two-bedroom, 4 three-bedroom and 5 four-bedroom duplex-style houses," he said.
"These homes, which overlook Murillo Reserve, are located near key services, and are close to a number of schools and public transport links."
Two families who are now tenants of these homes came along to the official opening and were given their keys.
One young whanau had previously been living with family in South Auckland with their two-year-old daughter and now have a two-bedroom warm, dry house to call home.
"This is the first time having our own home and being independent so we’re really excited," says Maxine.
Another family who has moved into a four-bedroom home on the Lane is thrilled for more space for their five children, and particularly a healthy home for their preschool aged son who was born with a heart defect.
These new tenants are an example of how Housing New Zealand is tasked with finding homes for a broad cross-section of New Zealanders.
That’s why it’s important the state provides warm, dry homes that meet the diverse needs of the community.
These homes are part of the Auckland Housing Programme which will help Auckland develop as a vibrant city by delivering more quality homes more quickly. Housing New Zealand currently has over 160 active construction sites around Auckland.
Housing New Zealand contracted developer Jennian Homes to build these homes.