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Whau Crescent, Avondale

Housing Foundation developed 21 new houses comprising 8 houses for (then) Housing New Zealand and 13 houses for Housing Foundation’s affordable home ownership programme. The 21 new houses were delivered on 8 HNZC sections.

This programme was part of Housing New Zealand’s Auckland redevelopment programme, with the requirement to deliver 73 new houses across 4 sites by demolishing 16 existing houses and sub-dividing the sites to produce 73 new houses.

Housing Foundation achieved on all four development sites the maximum density permitted under the then operative District Plan for Auckland.

Whau Crescent development was particularly challenging as it was surrounded by existing residents, a large reserve to its rear and with some high-profile personalities who were not in favour of social housing (“diluting”) in their neighbourhood. This required the removal of existing HNZC houses by Housing Foundation to be completed in a very sensitive manner.

Due to the shape of the Whau Crescent land the layout and design of the houses was challenging however we developed a standardised three and four bedroom house design that, by simple internal amendments, could be allocated to any section in the development and still be able to maximise solar gain, face the road encouraging overlooking and remain open to encourage community interaction.

Whau Crescent is another excellent example of how it is possible to deliver truly  integrated tenure including social rental, affordable rental, rent to own (HomeSaver) and Shared Ownership within a relatively tight footprint.

 

To all our valued families, stakeholders and suppliers

This describes the steps Housing Foundation is taking to respond to COVID-19 while continuing to operate.

We will continue to operate while ensuring we do everything possible to keep our team, families, stakeholders and suppliers safe.  The safety of our employees and households in our home ownership and rent to own programmes is a priority. The steps we will take to reduce risk include:

Housing Foundation team members will be available to be contacted as follows:

Enquiries regarding Home Ownership Applications and general enquiries to: info@housingfoundation.co.nz
Enquiries regarding home maintenance to: maintenance@housingfoundation.co.nz
Enquiries regarding office, financial and business operations to: office@housingfoundation.co.nz

Call Centre number is freephone 0800 4 HOUSING (446 874)

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on one of the above emails or reach out to me or a member of the team directly.

We hope you continue to stay safe and remain well.

 

Kind regards,
Dominic Foote
CEO Housing Foundation