Northcote Development celebrates opening 85 new public homes at Ngāhuripoke
11 September 2023
Housing Minister Megan Woods officially opened the largest public housing development in the Northcote Development on Wednesday.
The 85-unit apartment development on Lake Road, Northcote replaces 9 older homes, and will also house the local Kāinga Ora area office. These apartments are part of the Northcote Development Large Scale Project (LSP).
As well as 40 one-bedroom homes (including 17 with Full Universal Design), 30 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom homes, the three-block Ngāhuripoke development also contains a playground and office spaces for the delivery of community services.
The name Ngāhuripoke was gifted by iwi Ngāti Pāoa, from the name of a prominent Northcote family. The three ingoa for the individual buildings, Keremeta, Wiripo and Wiki, are all brothers from the last generation of the whānau to live on the whenua in the 1950s.
Speaking at the opening, Kāinga Ora board chair noted that public housing creates housing security for whānau, allowing kids to attend the same school throughout their schooling and letting people put down roots.
“This building is just the physical infrastructure, but the impact that secure housing has on people’s lives is immense.”
More information about Ngāhuripoke
- Three 6-level buildings (Keremeta, Wiripo and Wiki) comprising 40 one-bedroom, 30 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom apartments
- All homes built to 6 Homestar standards
- 17 of the one-bedroom homes have Full Universal Design, making them easily adaptable to a variety of mobility needs
- 5,939 sqm site, replacing 9 homes with 85
- The Kāinga Ora area office will relocate from Takapuna to be onsite
- Other ground-floor office spaces will be able to be used for delivering community services
More information about Northcote Development(external link).
Page updated: 11 September 2023