News and insights – Council united in commitment to increase affordable housing

From there, Council announced three new buildings as part of Te Kāinga, its affordable rental program, and united to commit to delivering 1,000 homes over the next five years.

The three new buildings are:

  • 53, rue Boulcott: 37 units, delivered in February 2022
  • 203 Willis Street: 48 units, delivered in February 2022
  • 178 Willis Street: 124 units, phased delivery from February 2023.

A fourth building will be announced once trade negotiations are concluded.

Mayor Andy Foster says: “The apartments at Te Kāinga are intended for essential workers in Wellington’s public sector. It is a priority that the capital can continue to provide housing and care for the people who serve our city and nation, and tackle stories such as those citing a housing crisis for bowel screening nurses. Te Kāinga’s goals are ambitious, but necessary to ensure that we achieve the Council’s vision that all Wellingtonians are well housed.

Councilor Jill Day, President of Pūroro Rangaranga says: “The housing market is putting unfair pressure on Wellingtonians in the public service. We understand this and are committing to 1,000 Te Kāinga apartments, delivered or under contract over the next five years. Our low-income public sector workers can continue to settle in Wellington. “

Councilor Fleur Fitzsimons said, “The goal of 1,000 affordable rental units within five years will really begin to create a secondary market for affordable rental housing in Wellington where rent increases are minimal. We need to make sure Wellington is a city where people can work and live.

Te Kāinga offers affordable rental apartments by not increasing rents with the market rate and increasing rents only as necessary to ensure that the program continues to have no impact on taxpayers. This means that these apartments remain more affordable than on the private market.

In addition to the delivery of new buildings, Council agreed that a regional housing approach will be essential to address the housing shortage in the region.

As part of the Strategic Housing Investment Plan, City Housing’s first proactive development is making great strides. The redevelopment of Harrison Street in Brooklyn recently received resource consent and will submit building permits for nine new family homes this month.

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan is also exploring options for scaling up housing on existing Council properties. Agents are undertaking feasibility studies on five existing social housing units for further development. Initial work shows the potential for 100 to 150 additional new homes.

As part of this work, Council officers also proactively engage with Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o te Ika to explore opportunities for common development.

Council Pūroro Āmua – Planning and Environment Committee will receive a new update on housing affordability and development in October 2021.

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