Today the Minister of Housing Hon Dr Nick Smith started the construction process for Housing New Zealand’s new inner city housing development by turning the first sod at the Manchester Street site.
Speech of Welcome by Deputy Board Chair Adrienne Young-Cooper
Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today turned the sod to mark the beginning of construction for Housing New Zealand’s new 26 inner city apartments and opened a further six community social housing units in Saint Albans.
The Government has confirmed important changes to social housing, including the transfer of needs assessments and related functions to MSD next April.
A blessing and sod turning this morning marked the start of construction that will see a range of new housing options built at Pomare, Lower Hutt.
Housing New Zealand will put one of its earthquake prone buildings through a test that will apply force to it simulating an earthquake until it fails.
On Monday 4 November, Housing New Zealand participated in a public forum about the rebuild and recovery programme in Canterbury, organised by CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority).