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TE ARO PA APARTMENTS.
312 Evans Bay Parade, Hataitai, Wellington

The Te Aro Pā apartments in Hataitai were the first papakāinga housing of their kind in Wellington. The site was secured by iwi in 2005 through an agreement with Wellington City Council.

Homestead Construction worked closely with Te Tumu Paeroa (acting on behalf of the Te Aro Pā Trust) to complete a contemporary kāinga (village). Completed in 2016, there is a total of 10 three-bedroom apartments, and four one-bedroom apartments. These are arranged in two blocks with a shared garden space between the two.

Dwell Housing Trust managed the property on behalf of the Te Aro Pā Trust, and the apartments are occupied by those who have a connection to the original Ngāti Ruanui and Taranaki iwi people of the Te Aro Pā originally sited on the main Wellington waterfront.

Owner and trustee, Holden Hohaia, said "We hope by making the four one-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom homes affordable, tenants will use the papakāinga homes as a stepping stone to home ownership."

"This will give other whānau the chance to live in a modern seaside home on whenua that connects them to their tīpuna."

The official opening day and blessing was attended by iwi, whānau, community, and other stakeholders.

Some of the precast panels featured a vertical groove detail, and on the end of each block there was a feature exposed aggregate pattern.

In 2018, Walker Architecture & Design was awarded the NZIA Wellington Architecture Award for this Te Aro Pā Trust papakāinga housing project.
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