June saw another win for Housing New Zealand’s development of its Jennings Jersey property in the established Auckland suburb of Mount Albert.
Last month the project won on Auckland Architecture Award. On Friday night, Patrick Dougherty and the team took home a merit award in the Natural Habitats Urban Land Development category.
The Jennings Jersey development represents the best of contemporary state housing. It incorporates Housing New Zealand’s best practice approach to redevelopment, with innovative site planning and design values, and a significant investment in critical stormwater infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community.
Once there were eight old-fashioned two-bedroom houses from the 1940s set in a cul de sac in Mt Albert. They made way for 18 modern, dry and healthy homes.
These attractive new homes help change the perception of what state housing can be, as well as providing quality accommodation for those who need it such as tenant Pauline Otunuku.
With five children, ranging in age from three to 15 years old, a large home in Jennings Jersey provides ample space for Pauline and her kids.
“We’re so happy that we’ve got a new house and that it’s a bigger one for us. My kids now have their own rooms and we all have more space,” says Pauline.
A HNZ tenant welcome event held in February also helped Pauline and her family settle in and meet their new neighbours.
“It was good to talk to one another and know my neighbours names. It made me feel part of something.
“This home is helping us to live our lives. My kids are settled and I love it here. It is great; I like everything about this house.”
Awards judges agree.