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Minister impressed with restored state homes

17 April 2018

Housing Minister Phil Twyford was impressed with the quality of Housing New Zealand properties that have been restored and rebuilt as part of a partnership with the Department of Corrections.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford to check out a newly restored state house

Housing Minister Phil Twyford was pleased to check out a newly restored state house, tenanted by Amber (second from left). Also there on the day were John from the Department of Corrections (second from right) and Fraser, who is an Area Manager with Housing New Zealand.

The Minister was in Christchurch last Friday and met up with Amber, a HNZC tenant who is happy and grateful to have been offered the restored house.

Amber, who lives with her four-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, moved into the house late last year.

She describes it as providing a warm and comfortable place for her family to call home.

The house is one of dozens that were built by prisoners in a specially designed construction yard at Rolleston Prison, just south of Christchurch.

The programme was viewed as “a win-win’’ by the Minister who said prisoners gain valuable skills and qualifications while the restored homes are returned to boost the state housing portfolio across greater Christchurch.

The Minister was pleased the house had helped provide much needed stability for Amber and her family.

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