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‘Home in Place paving the way for affordable and public housing in partnership with iwi’

Not-for-profit community housing provider Home in Place has announced several partnerships with Iwi and Iwi organisations with a focus on providing affordable and public housing options for Māori communities.

“With over 100,000 Kiwis facing homelessness, the need for immediate and affordable housing solutions is critical,” says Chris Trypas, CEO of Home in Place.

“The housing crisis in New Zealand has seen people living in night shelters, motels, whānau garages and even cars,” says Trypas.

“Since the completion of our foundation iwi partnership site ‘Te Puna Wai’, Wainuiomata with Taranaki Whānui in 2022, we have experienced a keen interest from iwi looking for a housing provider to undertake tenancy and property management services. We also have a solid list of new projects in South Auckland, Rotorua, and Nelson, with funding secured for a total of 123 dwellings. By the time 2025 rolls around, our portfolio will be nearing 700 properties under management.

“We’re working with Te Ākitai Waiohua who are in the process of constructing 80 public housing dwellings in Wiri, South Auckland as part of the larger Wirihana subdivision on Te Ākitai Waiohua whenua.

“Next year is looking to being an exceptionally busy year for our business; we will be expanding to the Nelson and Tasman region of the South Island for the first time, making us a national community housing provider, as well as developing our first affordable, rental town houses in Rotorua for moderate-income families who are currently experiencing housing stress in the private rental market,” he explains.

Home in Place, which currently houses more than 500 people in affordable housing, has highlighted its commitment to working alongside Iwi and Iwi organisations. This, says Chris Trypas, reflects the organisation’s dedication to community-driven housing solutions that meet the needs of Māori, as well as responding to the needs of middle-income whānau and families of all ethnicities.

“Home in Place’s success is not measured by the number of properties under management, but by the partnerships forged with iwi, mainstream developers and government. Each development, from our metropolitan offerings in Auckland to our regional sites under development, tells a story of collaboration, commitment, and compassion, under a cost-of-living crisis, giving people a sense of belonging, security, and a place to call home,” he says. 

The Wirihana project in South Auckland, with the first 34 homes delivering in early 2024, represents hope for families struggling with housing instability. The partnership with Māori tribe Te Ākitai Waiohua and Avant Construction helped get this development off the ground, showing a true blend of modern development practices, ensuring the land and its people were at the forefront of the project.

“The Wirihana project is a residential development of a 11.4-hectare site located in Manukau. Home In Place is excited about the opportunity to manage these properties that will form part of a wider mixed tenure community. Gone are the days of public housing standing alone on the outskirts, this new community model of home owners, renters and housing tenants living in integrated communities, featuring activity spaces, outdoor walking paths, wetlands and less emphasis on density and a priority to create communities is the new normal” he said

In the affordable rental space, Home in Place has been awarded the government’s Affordable Rental Pathway Fund to deliver 28 affordable rental dwellings in Bay of Plenty’s Rotorua. The partnership with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and developer Watchman Capital is set to target key worker and whānau cohort, ensuring that middle-income households have access to quality housing that would remain affordable. 

As the housing crisis continues to impact the nation, Home in Place remains persistent in its mission to expand its presence and develop relationships that make a difference in the lives of those facing housing insecurity. The collaboration with iwi and the strategic investment in Māori-owned land highlights Home in Place’s commitment to creating inclusive and sustainable housing for all New Zealanders. Top of Form


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