Timaru resident Mervyn is stoked about moving into one of the first state homes built in the area in nearly a decade.
In an interview with the Timaru Courier, the 72-year-old said: “I’m rapt. It took me four years to get it. It’s a great home, mate. I’m really impressed and I’ve got good neighbours who keep an eye on me.”
The property is one of nine new state houses to be built in Timaru as part of Housing New Zealand’s Regional Housing Programme.
The first phase of the programme is now nearing completion. Housing New Zealand is planning to deliver more new, warm and dry homes in the regions over the next four years.
New state houses in Timaru, Ashburton and Whanganui have been opened up for public viewing in recent weeks as a way to showcase modern state housing.
These open home events, where neighbours and local stakeholders get to mingle with local politicians and MPs, are an important part of building communities.
This year, Housing New Zealand has delivered:
- Six new state homes in Timaru, with another three soon to be completed.
- Ten one-bedroom state homes in Ashburton.
- Nine state homes in Whanganui – the first in the area since the 1990s.