KiwiBuild is coming to New Plymouth after it was confirmed today Housing New Zealand (HNZ) is delivering 68 houses there for first home buyers.
The Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford today announced the three-and-four bedroom homes would be built in Marfell, with the first home buyers expected to receive the keys to their new home from mid-2019. Around two-thirds of the houses will be three-bedroom homes.
HNZ Board Chair Adrienne Young-Cooper said the agency was excited about its role to help build more affordable homes to help first home buyers get a place of their own.
‘’We’ll be building modern, quality houses in Marfell which will help rejuvenate the housing stock in the area,’’ said Mrs Young-Cooper.
‘’Marfell is the second KiwiBuild development HNZ is delivering after the McLennan development in South Auckland. As the country’s largest public housing landlord, we’re making better use of our land to build more state and affordable homes. Coupled with our approach to adopting more innovate building techniques, like off-site manufacturing, we’re stepping up to help deliver the extra houses New Zealand need.
‘’With Marfell I’d also like to acknowledge and thank the New Plymouth District Council who have been very supportive of this development and have helped with the planning process. This includes putting in new road to help make the build possible.’’
Mayor Neil Holdom says the Marfell Kiwibuild project is good news for an important New Plymouth suburb.
“This is a great example of local and central government working together for the people of Marfell. Here in New Plymouth we’re building the Lifestyle Capital of New Zealand and part of being a Lifestyle Capital is making sure our people have access to quality and affordable housing.
‘’NPDC recently invested in the regeneration of the local park and track linking Marfell School and Cook Street, and has set aside a further approximately $290k to develop a road to support this housing development. I’m looking forward to seeing the tradies hitting the ground, work getting underway and seeing residents in their new homes by the middle of 2019.”
Mrs Young-Cooper said that in addition to the 68 KiwiBuild houses, HNZ was also looking to build more state houses in New Plymouth. Through its regional housing programme HNZ had built nine extra homes in 2018 and up to 20 more would be built in coming years.
The price range for the New Plymouth homes would be confirmed next year before people apply in the ballot, but they would have a maximum price of $450,000. More information on the KiwiBuild homes and how people can register their interest and pre-qualify for a KiwiBuild home is available at www.hud.govt.nz