The opening of the first new Regional Housing Programme house in Dunedin was a gift for one young mother and her six children
More than forty guests attended the opening of the first Dunedin home under the Regional Housing Programme in Dunedin on Friday 3 August. The new tenant Ngaome, was part of the celebration, and couldn’t wait to show her children their new place.
Perched high on a hill, the new four-bedroom home offers fantastic 180 degree views and a generous lawn area for families to enjoy. Ngaone was overjoyed to be moving into the property, which she said gave her ‘a real sense of settling and looking forward.’ Her children are aged 10 years to six month-old twins.
Ngaome has been in an emergency housing home in Andersons Bay since November, and before that was in a ‘cold, draughty, damp house’ in St Clair. She grew up in the local area, with her brother still living in their old family home nearby. Fittingly, he gave the mihi as part of the Kai Tahu group who attended the event and sang waiata. This was followed by a blessing by Reverend Wayne Te Kaawa, then speeches by Dunedin South MP Clare Curran, Dunedin City councillor David Benson-Pope and HNZ Programme Director Jonathan Scholes
The first stage of the Regional Housing Programme is nearing completion in Dunedin, with six new houses to be finished by the end of August. Four more will be ready later this year, bringing the total to 10 new homes which will provide modern, warm, dry housing for those in need.
Jonathan Scholes said the new home officially opened recently marked a milestone for Housing New Zealand and a new era of state housing for Dunedin.
“This is the first new development we have built in the city since 2009 and we are now in the planning stages to deliver more over the coming years. These initial properties will provide new families and people in need of housing with a new home and a place to build their lives,” Jonathan said.