It’s not to often you get the chance to have afternoon tea with the country’s leading politician.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined tenants at Haumaru ( a place of safety, peace and harmony) in Johnsonville, Wellington for afternoon tea last Thursday.
Haumaru is a Housing New Zealand 21 room residential complex opened in January this year. The complex, with accessibility features designed with older tenants in mind, is close to public transport and a wide range of amenities, shops and services within easy walking distance.
The Prime Minster was given a short guided tour of the three block two storey complex by Housing New Zealand Chair Vui Mark Gosche and General Manager of Asset Development Patrick Dougherty and spent time chatting to a couple of tenants and viewing their apartments but selfies and a face to face chat and cuppa with the PM were the order of the day for most tenants.
"The PM was impressed with what we’ve achieved here at Haumaru", said Dougherty. "Haumaru’s a great example of maximizing the efficiency of our sites by almost doubling the number of homes we previously had here with modern, well designed units. The effect on the lives of tenants who’ve moved in here was apparent to the PM".
The Haumaru building replaces an older style 12 unit block which was declared earthquake prone in 2016 and was subsequently demolished. Those 12 units have now been replaced with 21 warm, dry, townhouse-style homes built around a landscaped communal space and barbecue area.
The name Haumaru originated from the local St Brigid’s School, as the result of a Housing New Zealand inspired school project to find a name for the new complex.