Housing boost for Southland

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An investment of nearly $1.9 million will fund the building of six homes for Kaumatua and Pakeke in Bluff.

Aerial view of Te Rau Aroha Marae and garden

Te Rau Aroha Marae

The $1.898 million grant for the Awarua Rūnaka for Kaumatua Housing Kaupapa in Bluff comes from the $3 billion set aside in the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

The Awarua Runanga is aimed at low income Kaumatua and Pakeke and will create 20 jobs during construction of the new homes. Work is expected to start by March next year and take 12 months.

The 50 square metre modular dwelling units fit the bill for creating good quality affordable housing and will also help alleviate housing pressures in Bluff and the Southland region.

The project will also maximise opportunities for staff to be active participants in the construction process through trialling new technologies and practices in delivering high quality pre-fabricated housing.

The homes will be built on land next to Te Rau Aroha Marae, the world’s southern-most marae and originally established in the late 1800s as a hostel for local Māori who lived on islands off the Southland coast.

Published: Oct 16, 2020