Mangere Development welcomes the Prime Minister
Monday 31 August marked a memorable move back to Level 2 for our Mangere Development team, who were honoured to host Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, MP for Tāmaki Makaurau Hon Peeni Henare, and MP for Mangere Hon Aupito William Sio for a development tour and progress update.
The Mangere Development team, who have kept the wheels of construction turning safely throughout New Zealand’s COVID-19 response, had plenty of progress to share with the touring party.
A walk through one of the 65 newly completed state homes at the Bader-McKenzie complex gave the group an opportunity to view one of the new warm, dry apartments first-hand ahead of tenants moving in. Several tenants have already settled into their new terrace homes within the complex, and got quite a buzz from seeing the Prime Minister in their backyard.
The touring party also viewed the major civils work underway on Bader Drive, to prepare for the construction of more state, KiwiBuild and market homes - the first KiwiBuild homes are expected to go to market around October 2020.
We were also able to share progress of our house removals programme, which began during Level 3. Removing, relocating and refurbishing a number of Mangere’s old state homes is a major focus for the development, diverting the waste away from landfill and enabling the houses to be repurposed into homes elsewhere.
The tour ended with a visit to the busy Bari Lane project, which will deliver a total of 89 new homes to Mangere as part of Kāinga Ora’s ongoing state housing construction work, offering 1 - 6 bedroom homes across a variety of typologies. The first 12 homes (3, 4, 5 and 6 bedrooms) are due to be delivered in November 2020, with the remainder due to be delivered progressively through until late 2021.
Kāinga Ora construction sites have continued to operate throughout COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and below, and we were proud to share this great progress on behalf of Kāinga Ora and the Mangere community.