Kāinga Ora’s focus on building new homes means that we’re deploying a variety of housing styles and sizes to make best use of our land holdings, meet contemporary demographic demand and ensure those most in need are housed appropriately.
As well as standalone state and market homes, we are delivering duplexes, two or three-level walk-ups, terraced houses and apartment buildings. We are delivering more multi-level buildings in New Zealand’s main urban centres. In Auckland, for example, greater intensification is possible through the Unitary Plan.
A stand-alone home is a free-standing residential building. It is sometimes referred to as a single-family home, as opposed to a multi-family residential home.
Duplexes are residential buildings comprising two home with separate entrances. For Kāinga Ora these homes are typically side by side and have two bedrooms.
Apartments provide low maintenance living for small households. Research has shown that well-designed and compact, low-rise apartment buildings can create a sense of community. Kāinga Ora apartments are typically one and two bedroom homes.
Terraced homes are joined with their neighbour on one or both sides to form a row. They use land more efficiently and so are more affordable than standalone homes. Our terraces range from two to four storeys in height.
Walk-up buildings are typically two or three-storeys high. These apartment buildings offer predominantly one- and two-bedroom units. Kāinga Ora typically utilises this typology in suburban areas close to town centres to make the most of smaller sites. Their low height means that elevators are not required.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT)
In cities, we are building an increasing number of three-storey walk-ups made of cross laminated timber (CLT). This modern material has the structural strength of concrete or steel and can be cut into pre-fabricated panels in a factory – reducing construction time on site.
Watch this time-lapse video to see how quickly, quietly and efficiently a small CLT apartment building can be completed in established suburbs such as Auckland’s Ponsonby.
Page updated: 12 May 2020