He saw new homes, either recently completed or under construction in the Nelson subrubs of Richmond and Stoke before visiting new homes in two different parts of Blenheim the following day.

The Minister was impressed with what he saw.

“I understand some of these recently completed homes have already been matched to applicants on the housing register and these new customers will be moving in shortly. I can see this becoming a place where they’re going to be able to thrive.’’

Minister Faafoi said the positive impact stable housing could have on a person’s wellbeing was well-known, and he was thrilled to see yet another example of how Kāinga Ora was providing better outcomes for Kiwis.

Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi hears about Kāinga Ora’s build programme in Nelson and Blenheim from Patrick Dougherty, Deputy Chief Executive Construction and Innovation while Development Manager Conor (second from left) and Nelson-Marlborough Area Manager Dale listen on.

As well as the three new homes in Blenheim, he paid a visit to seven new homes across Nelson, all due to be completed by the end of next month.

Kāinga Ora build partners Mike Greer Homes and Kahurangi Homes are building all of the homes with accessibility in mind, with wet-floor showers and other features designed to make it easy for customers to live in.

These new homes are just part of how Kāinga Ora is delivering more in the Nelson and Blenheim regions.

By June 2021, it will have delivered 18 new homes over two years in Blenheim while 12 new homes will be completed by then in the Nelson-Tasman area.

Patrick Dougherty, Kāinga Ora Deputy Chief Executive, Construction and Innovation, said the team were delighted to have welcomed the Minister to spend time in the region.

“Kāinga Ora is working in all communities in New Zealand and this is just one example of that.’’

“It’s great to be able to showcase the work of our people and build partners asnd even better knowing these are making for warm, dry and safe homes for people who need them.’’

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Page updated: 17 September 2020