How much of a need is there for housing in Wellington?
There is a strong and increasing demand for housing in growing Wellington. Over the next few years 540 new homes, including these 380, are currently in different planning, feasibility or build stages across Wellington’s inner suburbs. This follows 192 homes being delivered for people in Wellington in the last two years to March 2020. There is still a need for more homes with 754 eligible applicants on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register at the end of June 2020.

How are you partnering with local iwi?
We have been working closely with members from Taranaki Whānui around ways we can partner around an overarching narrative connected to these homes and the positive outcomes we’re trying to achieve for those who will be moving into the area and for the wider local community. 

This high level story or approach will feed into design concepts for communal areas at both Rolleston and Arlington, as well as supporting connectedness as a community.

Who will live in the new homes?
The public homes would be matched to individuals and families on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register, giving priority to those in greatest need of a home, and considering location due to work, family, education and other factors. 

Sixty of the city’s most vulnerable and homeless people will have homes across the developments – 20 at Rolleston under the Housing First Scheme, and 40 at Arlington (scheme to be decided).

What design and quality standards would the development and homes meet?
Our aim is to create a wider community which is inclusive, thriving and connected, with homes which have been built with environmental sustainability outcomes, and which exceed NZ building standard requirements. The homes are being designed with input from specialist architecture, urban design, landscape, and development and construction experts. 

What is supported housing?
Supportive housing combines public housing with wrap-around services, to help some of the city’s most vulnerable and homeless people live more stable, productive lives. It packages housing together with flexible supportive services that are designed to meet each person’s individual needs.

Within this safe and secure environment we will help our customers build social support networks and access services including healthcare, counselling, budgeting, skills development, and employment assistance that will empower them and enable them to live stable lives with dignity.

At Rolleston, 20 people will be supported under the Housing First Scheme(external link), with 40 people at Arlington similarly supported (service to be determined).

Why weren’t the homes which were there before just upgraded?
The homes which were previously on both sites were no longer fit for purpose and did not meet new warm and healthy homes standards. The increased density of housing makes best use of the land as we build more much needed homes for people in Wellington.

What’s happening with the pohutukawa trees on Hooper St on the Arlington site?
The pohutukawa trees on Hopper St at the edge of the site will remain during demolition as they help with dust mitigation, however they will need to be removed as they are located where an apartment building will go. We have explored with the Wellington City Council arborist team, whether they could be transplanted, however were advised this would be unlikely to be successful given the trees’ size and rootball. A comprehensive landscaping plan and planting scheme is planned for the development, including a community orchard and gardens.

How can I be involved with these developments?
We are keen to work alongside the Mount Cook community and stakeholders to support a well-integrated and connected community. Earlier in the year we met with some residents, community groups and local stakeholders to talk about how those moving into new homes in Rolleston St and Arlington St could be supported as they join the community.

If you are interested in exploring new ideas and opportunities, and would like to join this informal working group, please email us at mtcook@kaingaora.govt.nz or phone Renee Regal, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager on 021 998 724.

Page updated: 29 September 2020