Our hapū vision is to see more quality housing solutions on our papakāinga. We are proud to be progressing plans and in the pre-construction phase for more kaumātua housing on Atareta Street.
Kāinga Tuatahi is an innovative residential development on Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tribal land. Kāinga Tuatahi is a 30-home development comprising of 18 4-bedroom, 9 3-bedroom and 3 2-bedroom homes designed to sit comfortably on the whenua and reflect the landscape of Tāmaki Makaurau and the culture of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
Kāinga Tuatahi is situated on the Kupe Street ridge line in Ōrākei. The Eastern Portion of the project looks out towards Browns Island and, in the foreground, Mission Bay and the Western Side looks towards Auckland City. It is part of the original Ōrākei block and within 300 metres of the Ōrākei Marae.
In planning the site layout and building orientation, care was taken to maximize the sunlight to each of the homes, and to minimise the impact of the wind. The architects were also directed to focus on connections with, and the enhancement of, the surrounding community, the history of the hapū and its relationship to the whenua, both spiritual and physical.
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The project is a one of the first qualifying developments under the HASHA legislation to be completed which brings the Government and Council together to streamline new housing developments. Planning and design took into account the Orākei Masterplan and Orākei Design Guidelines which were developed by the hapū over a decade to provide for thoughtful future development of the Orākei papakāinga.
The design of the homes has incorporated a significant number of “sustainability” features, including high levels of insulation, double glazing, cross ventilation of spaces and communal vegetable gardens. The buildings have been designed to have long lives, and to be cost-effective for their owners. Maintenance should be minimal, and a long-term sinking fund has been established to ensure that appropriate funds are on hand when such work is required.
Overall, it is a unique example of medium design papakāinga housing that has been made possible through utilizing a range of planning mechanisms. The project achieves a balance between incorporating sustainable design principles (including solar panels) while ensuring that the homes remain (relatively) affordable, allowing many whānau who are currently living outside of Orākei back to the whenua and in doing so, will reinforce Orākei as the heart of the hapū.