Tenants of a recently completed Housing New Zealand three storey apartment block in central Auckland couldn’t be happier with their new homes.
Several of the residents got the chance to have a chat with Associate Housing Minister Hon Kris Faafoi when he visited the complex this week.
Vijay had spent about three months living in emergency housing accommodation before moving into one of the 15 one-bedroom homes in Ponsonby’s Parawai Crescent in late July.
The father of two is stoked to have a stable home where his 11 and 20-year-old daughters can visit. “It’s beautiful. It blew me away to be honest. I brought my daughter here and she was like, ‘oh wow’.
“Where I was living before in emergency housing, there were shared kitchen and bathroom facilities and I just had a small room. The hardest thing was I couldn’t have my daughters there.
“My main goal was to get a safe home so my youngest daughter could stay. Because the better off I am, the better off my kids will be.”
Another tenant Victor had spent about ten years living in an apartment on Queen Street. “Sometimes it was stressful living in the city with all the noise and the traffic,” he says.
Even still, he had his reservations about moving. That is until he saw the place. “It’s awesome here, I’m really happy. I love the fact it’s all brand new and it’s a lot quieter.
“I’m up on the third floor and the view over Herne Bay is beautiful. It’s right next to Countdown and the reserve. I mean, what more could you want?”
Minister Faafoi was also impressed by the homes, saying they are not only attractive but also safe, warm and dry.
“It’s one thing to have somewhere where you can sleep at night but it’s another to have a home, somewhere you can also bring family.”
For Minister Faafoi, holding the portfolio of Associate Minister for Housing has personal significance. “I grew up in a state house in Christchurch. My family lived there for nearly three decades so I think it’s important that we give people those opportunities that we had too.
“Yes, there are issues in housing to deal with but it’s pretty cool when you get to hear the positivity of the tenants and see the results of the hard work by Housing New Zealand to get people into new homes.”
The spacious three-storey walk-up apartments were built to above Building Code standards and are double glazed and fully insulated.
They were manufactured using Cross Laminated Timber, a modern material that is formed by gluing layers of wood with the grain at right angles.
It has the structural strength of concrete and steel and can be cut into pre-fabricated panels in a factory.
Housing New Zealand is embracing the use of this high-tech building product. Not only will it help us to build more quality homes, it also has many health and wellbeing benefits for tenants.
For more information on how we are using CLT technology, alongside traditional building techniques, read 'Healthier, quicker, for those who need them most'.