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Whataitai Housing

312 Evans Bay Parade, Wellington
In 2015 Homestead Construction was awarded the contract to construct the Te Aro Pā Apartments - Wellington’s first city papakāinga on the Māori ancestral land at 312 Evans Bay, Wellington.  Papakāinga translates as ‘nurturing place to return to’ and reflects a type of housing development that is located on multiply-owned Māori.

Homestead Construction worked closely with Te Tumu Paeroa (the Trustees acting on behalf of Te Aro Pā Trust) to complete a contemporary kāinga (village) made up of ten three-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units.  Dwell will provide these units as affordable housing options to those connected to Ngāti Ruanui and Taranaki Iwi people of Te Aro Pā.

Finance Minister Bill English spoke to the Homestead team at the Te Aro Pā opening day. He commended Homestead Construction for the success of the project and was interested in papakāinga as a model that could be used on other freehold Māori land.

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The development has become a reality for Te Aro Pā Trust thanks to support from the Māori Housing Network, Wellington City Council, Homestead Homes and Dwell Housing.

Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell

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