Public housing in Wellington received a boost today with the opening of 34 modern, warm and dry Housing New Zealand apartments in Berhampore.
The complex in Britomart Street will provide much needed one-bedroom homes to help meet the increasing demand for smaller units in the Capital.
Opened by the Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford, the complex was named Te Maru o Tawatawa by the pupils at nearby Berhampore school.
Greg Groufsky, Housing New Zealand deputy Chief Executive said the $9.3* million dollar development has increased the number of state homes in Wellington City to 1,828 and was one of several developments bringing more housing to Wellington.
"Te Maru o Tawatawa is a great example of the modern, quality homes that Housing New Zealand is building in Wellington and throughout the country. All the homes are fully insulated with double glazing and will provide warm, dry homes for people in need of state housing.
"In Wellington, Te Maru o Tawatawa is part of a wider build programme that will see up to an extra 145 state homes delivered here over the next two-to-three years.
"I’d also like to acknowledge and thank the pupils at Berhampore School for the beautiful and fitting name for the complex which will provide people in need with a place to call home."
Tenants were expected to move into the complex from mid-October.
Mr Tywford welcomed the new homes saying the quality and benefits of living in a warm and dry place would make the new tenants very happy.
"Te Maru o Tawatawa will make a significant difference for those people waiting for a home. With demand for state housing increasing, Housing New Zealand is moving at pace and scale to help meet that demand through the hundreds of developments it has underway right across New Zealand."
Te Maru o Tawatawa means shelter or safeguard of Tawatawa which is the hill range that stretches from Mt Cook, past Berhampore to Island Bay. Construction of Te Maru o Tawatawa took 13 months and was completed within the approved schedule and budget.
*total project cost $11.2 million