We're investing in Porirua

Better homes. Great neighbourhoods.

Porirua is growing. In the next 30 years there could be 29,000 more people living in our city. We will need up to 11,000 more good quality, warm, dry, secure homes to support the growing community.

In November 2018 the Government announced a $1.5 billion investment over the next 25 years to work with the community on revitalising eastern Porirua.

We will also partner with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to improve public housing in western Porirua.

The plan is to:

  • replace older state homes that are past their best with warm, dry modern homes that are better suited to tenants' needs
  • create opportunities for home ownership by building affordable homes (including KiwiBuild) and housing for sale on the open market
  • design better neighbourhoods, including improving parks and streets, to make them safer, easier to get around and do business in.

 

Read our quick summary of the Porirua Development here:

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What will the project achieve?

Warm, dry, safer homes About 2,000 Housing New Zealand properties made warmer, drier and safer. About 2,000 affordable and market homes, including KiwiBuild homes. 150 additional state houses in Porirua. Great neighbourhoods We will look at all aspects of how neighbourhoods can be improved to make it easier for people to come together, to get around and do business. Resilient communities The project will help to improve the wellbeing of eastern Porirua residents, including creating new employment opportunities for local people and businesses.

Get involved

We’ve been talking with residents of eastern Porirua, to listen and understand their views about what they value and like about their neighbourhoods and what could change with the opportunities that the redevelopment will bring. The topics for discussion have included housing, getting around the area, the environment, parks and open spaces, shopping and town centres, community facilities and services, and accessibility. We will incorporate this feedback when we prepare a comprehensive plan to guide the project. The feedback for the first four Share Your Voice sessions is in our News section.

Which areas are included in the development?

The development covers Rānui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua and Ascot Park in eastern Porirua The partnership with Ngāti Toa in the west will improve state housing in Titahi Bay, Mana and Tawa.

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When will we start to see something happen?

Housing New Zealand has started working on upgrading state housing in Castor Crescent, Cannons Creek. Work will also get underway on new state houses Champion Street, Cannons Creek in 2019. All of this work was already planned.

Construction of homes for the development of eastern Porirua is due to start in 2020/2021. Click here to view the timeline of activity that will happen before then.

How will Porirua benefit?

In eastern Porirua, there will be a greater choice of high-quality housing, including warm and dry houses for Housing New Zealand tenants, that better fit their needs. State housing will be mixed with affordable and market housing, creating greater affordable home ownership options for those who want to buy their own home. This will include KiwiBuild homes. New homes will bring new people to the area to invest in and contribute to the community, and the work will help create jobs for locals. The streets, parks and public open spaces will be upgraded, to make it easier for people to come together, to get around and to do business.

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Existing homes in Eastern Porirua
For tenants

I'm a Housing New Zealand tenant You will continue to be housed and will continue to receive the help and support you currently receive. The development work will require a number of households to be re-housed so that older Housing New Zealand homes can be replaced with new, warm, dry homes. We aim to find you a home within the eastern Porirua area. We want to make sure you remain close to family, schools and support networks in eastern Porirua. If you need to be re-housed temporarily outside of eastern Porirua, you will then have the choice to return to your original area, to a new or upgraded home that suits your needs. When you do need to move, our tenancy liaison team will support you every step of the way. We will consider your housing needs, community and family networks, and schooling needs to minimise disruption. Where modifications to your home are required, we have an occupational therapist who will assess these needs. If you have modification needs, we will find a home for you that is already modified, or we will make modifications to make your home suitable. If you have any questions about your tenancy, call Housing New Zealand on 0800 801 601 I'm a private tenant While we cannot guarantee the decisions private landlords make, we will try to make sure local people have access to training and employment opportunities so they share in the benefits of social and economic development as part of this project.

What will the homes be like?

There will be house types for all kinds of families. They will range from one-bedroom to five-bedroom family homes and will include terraced and free-standing housing as well as apartments. Recognising the needs of our aging population, they will include small, low maintenance units for elderly people.

Who is doing the work?

HLC is managing the development of the area and master planning of the new amenities, like streets and parks in Eastern Porirua. HLC is owned by Housing New Zealand Corporation. The company was formed 12 years ago to oversee the development of Hobsonville Point in Auckland. On behalf of Housing New Zealand, HLC is currently working on projects similar to the Porirua one in Mangere, Northcote, Oranga and Mt Roskill. In Porirua, HLC will be working with Porirua City Council, the local iwi Ngāti Toa and the community to deliver change that will be benefit generations to come.

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Who else is involved?

As well as HLC and Housing New Zealand, the following government agencies and organisation have worked with Ngāti Toa and the Porirua City Council on the initial scoping work required getting government approval for this project: The Treasury, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministries of Business, Innovation and Employment, Social Development and Education.