Work on building over 150 modern, quality state and affordable homes at Housing New Zealand’s Epuni, site in Lower Hutt gets underway soon after a blessing this week.
The development, one of the largest public housing projects to be undertaken on a single site in the Hutt Valley for decades, will see more state homes made available from mid-2020 onwards.
Over the next two years, up to 153 state and affordable homes will be built on the large site, replacing the older, aging state housing that was there.
The associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi, Housing New Zealand officials, neighbours and community groups were led in the morning blessing by the kaumatua before the sod turning ahead of ground works starting soon.
Jonathan Scholes, Housing New Zealand Programme Director, says building at the Epuni site was significant as it had been vacant for a few years after removing houses there that were past their lifespan.
''People in and connected to the community have told this will really benefit the area and we’re pleased to get things started. Epuni is just one of several Housing New Zealand developments that will see around 260 new state homes built in Lower Hutt over the next two-to-three years’’
The Epuni site will consist of a mix of modern and well designed 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, and 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom homes. While most of the houses will be state homes, there’ll also affordable housing that will be available for sale to the market.