BILL ENGLISH ATTENDS WHATAITAI APARTMENTS OPENING DAY
Opening of Te Aro Pa Papakaigna Housing was held by a dawn ceremony by Dwell Housing.
In March 2016 Homestead Construction successfully completed the Te Aro Pā Apartments for Wellingtons first city Papakāinga on the Māori ancestral land at 312 Evans Bay, Wellington.
The Māori Trust and Homestead team celebrated the opening with a dawn ceremony. We had the priviledge of having the Finance Minister Bill English and Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell attend the event.
“I’m pleased to see the opening of Wellington’s first urban papakāinga which is an investment towards the health and wellbeing of Te Aro Pā descendants,” says Mr Flavell. “The papakāinga showcases the success of whānau and their wider community coming together and combining expertise and resources to build homes to shelter whānau,” he says. The development has become a reality for Te Aro Pā Trust thanks to support from the Māori Housing Network, Wellington City Council, Homestead Construction and Dwell Housing. “This Wellington papakāinga development is a great example of the excellent mahi being undertaken by whānau across the motu to create better housing solutions for themselves.”
Bill English 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.
Also present at the ceremony was the Dwell team who manage the project on behalf of the Te Aro Pā Whenua Trust. The Dwell Housing Trust provide affordable and quality housing in New Zealand for those in need or low income earners.