Social house units for Rangiora

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New houses . . . Artist impressions of the new housing developments in High and White Streets in Rangiora. IMAGE SUPPLIED

By DAVID HILL

Work is due to begin next month on 28 new social housing units in Rangiora.

The planned new development in Rangiora is the largest Housing New Zealand re-development in North Canterbury since the Canterbury earthquakes and will play a major role in meeting future demand for social housing in the community, a HNZ spokesperson says.

The new units are to be purpose-built for older tenants, the complex will have communal spaces and will be close to local shops, health services and public transport.

The site previously housed nine older houses, but will contain 28 new modern units to be managed by HNZ when completed.

Site works are expected to start on the site in September this year with the project expected to be completed by the end of next year.

At this stage, the total number of HNZ properties across North Canterbury’s three Territorial Local Authority (TLA) areas will be 195, including 25 each in both Hurunui and Kaikoura TLAs and 145 in the Waimakariri district.

The new development in Rangiora is part of a Government shake-up of social housing across Greater Christchurch, announced Social Housing Minister Amy Adams last week.

“In addition to the 163 houses we built over the last eight months, the Government is investing another $46.3 million into 145 new social houses in Greater Christchurch. It brings our total to $98.3 million for 308 new social houses for those in need,” Ms Adams says.

“Housing New Zealand has helped transform Greater Christchurch through its $350 million Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme, which built and repaired 5700 houses.

“We’ve also just completed 163 new social houses across the region, which are now being tenanted and helping people in need.”