Transitional housing provides people and families with a safe place to live and wraparound support services while they are helped to find appropriate long-term accommodation.

The Garus Avenue site comprises 13 two-bedroom homes, 4 three-bedroom homes and a community room. The homes were produced by BuiltSmart in Huntly and transported to Māngere by truck.

Social service provider, Penina Trust, will manage the Garus Avenue site.

“These well-planned and fit-for-purpose homes will make a huge difference in our community,” says Trust Chief Executive Roine Lealaiauloto.

“The large lounge areas are ideal for families, and the secure, fenced backyards will provide a safe space for children to play. It’s clear a lot of thought has gone into these homes.”

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The 11 Cottingham Crescent homes were also produced using offsite manufacturing. Built by Perry Modular homes in Cambridge, there are 8 two-bedrooms home and 3 three-bedroom homes.

Kāinga Ora General Manager Construction and Innovation Patrick Dougherty says the organisation is committed to expanding New Zealand’s offsite manufacturing capabilities.

“As the country’s largest residential builder, it’s vital for Kāinga Ora to be at the forefront of innovation and technology, as we work to provide thousands of new warm, dry homes across the country.

“There are many benefits to offsite manufacturing, such as faster build times, reduced waste and lower costs. The offsite manufacturing sector is growing rapidly, along with the number of employment opportunities.”

The Māngere homes are part of the 1,000 transitional homes announced as part of the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan, developed to prevent and reduce homelessness in New Zealand.


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Page updated: 22 April 2021