Housing Minister, Phil Twyford has announced that up to 155 new state houses in the regions will be ready by June this year. The houses will be spread across 15 regional centres, with Napier/Hastings getting almost 50. "This is the largest building initiative Housing NZ has undertaken outside the main centres in decades. This is the first step in building more new homes to help those most in need in our regions. In total, it will build more than 270 bedrooms for individuals or families in the areas where they are needed most. Work will begin on these houses this month and it's expected that people will start moving in from mid-2018" said Minister Twyford.
As of December 2017 there were 6182 people waiting for a state house, 420 of them were in the Napier/Hastings, the area getting the most new housing.
Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst welcomed the news. "New state houses will help our residents who are really struggling to find somewhere to live. I have had people coming to Council pleading with me to help them find a house," Hazlehurst said.
"Last week alone a young mum was desperate to get into her own home, as her and her 4 children were living in a three bedroom house with 12 others. I know of another recent case where a community group reported they were working with a family where 24 people were living in one house."
The Government has committed to building 1000 new state homes every year of this term. "If we want to reduce homelessness, we must build more state houses. If more state houses had been built in the past decade, we would not have the levels of homelessness we do today," Hazlehurst said.
Buildtech is proud to be delivering a significant portion of the Governments regional housing programme. It is a challenging deadline but one the Buildtech team and our partners across the country is confident on delivering. The result at the end of this is more families and individuals in warm, dry and safe homes for winter. Its a good motivator!