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Boost for state housing in the regions

2 March 2018

Today Housing Minister Phil Twyford announced Housing New Zealand’s plans to built up to 155 new state houses in regional New Zealand.

Regional housing programme

The initiative will see Housing New Zealand delivering new warm, dry homes in 15 regions by mid-2018. The developments are a mix of infill and new building on vacant land. 

From Kaikohe to Invercargill, Housing New Zealand is responding to the need for more housing for families in need. There is growing demand for more state housing, particularly in the regions.

This building initiative, along with all of our other building activity in the major cities, will go a long way to alleviate growing demand for warm and dry homes. 

The event today was held outside one of our tenant’s homes in Rotorua, where we will be building an infill home. Refer to the picture for what it will look like. 

The tenant living there has been living at this address since 2006 and has been a Housing New Zealand tenant for 39 years. She is 79 years old.  She is happy about a new house being built on the property as she struggles with maintaining the section.

The regions and towns that will be getting new houses under this regional building initiative are: Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Whangarei, Rotorua, Whakatane, Napier, Hastings, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Nelson, Blenheim, Ashburton, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill. 

Read Housing Minister Phil Tywford's announcement

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