Toitū Builtsmart to deliver homes and jobs to Tairāwhiti

Published: 2 November, 2022

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The Toitū Builtsmart Facility in Te Tairāwhiti Gisborne has been officially opened and will deliver over 50 much-needed homes for Tairāwhiti, create 18 direct full-time jobs, while providing a site for Toitū Tairāwhiti Māori trades training.

The project received $4 million in funding from Kānoa - Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit's (RDU) Regional Strategic Partnership Fund to assist with the construction of the site. The remaining $4 million was provided by Toitū Tairāwhiti.

Minister for Economic and Regional Development Stuart Nash said the funding from Kānoa – RDU was a real investment in the economic future and wellbeing of the region.

The facility features 6 smart shelters, which will have the capacity to build up to 24 affordable homes all at once.

Associate Minister for Housing Peeni Henare attended the opening in Tairāwhiti and said that the Government is committed to the vision that all whānau have safe, healthy, affordable homes with secure tenure across the whole housing continuum.

In Te Tairāwhiti region, 24 houses have already been completed, and opening this new facility will enable those numbers to grow.

About the Regional Strategic Partnership Fund:

The Regional Strategic Partnership Fund (RSPF) is a $200 million dollar fund, that helps to grow regional economies by recognising each one's individual strengths and working with them in partnership to develop regionally specific projects.

Regional Strategic Partnership Fund