Work to begin building 53 new homes in Cannons Creek, Porirua, will be underway this month after the blessing of Housing New Zealand’s Castor Loop site today.
The new homes are an important step in helping to meet the increasing demand for homes in the city and are the first of many new state homes to be built in Porirua in the coming years.
Local iwi Ngāti Toa led the blessing which was attended by a number of local groups, agencies and community members.
Patrick Dougherty, HNZ General Manager Asset Development, says the homes will be a welcome addition to the area, providing quality warm, dry houses for people and families in need.
"This is one of HNZ’s largest building developments in Porirua for many years and it’s the start our increasing development activity in Porirua which will see up to 80 new homes built there over the next one-to-two years.
"We’re also looking to renew many of our older homes in Porirua through the Porirua Development.
"This will see 2,900 public houses upgraded making them warmer, drier and safer, the delivery of at least 2,000 new affordable and market homes, and up to 150 new public houses will be added to the wider Porirua area and Tawa."
Mr Dougherty says the Castor Loop homes will comprise one-bedroom apartments and four- and five-bedroom homes and will cost approximately $16 million.
Groundworks in preparation for building will start later this month with the project taking around two years to complete with the first of the new homes will be available from late 2020 onwards.