In 2017, we negotiated with Housing New Zealand (HNZ) to purchase back their remaining HNZ stock on Kupe St, which included a total of 55 houses.
These properties are included in the Ōrākei Papakāinga Masterplan – our Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei vision for the residential whenua on our papakāinga. Acquiring the properties will help fulfil our hopes of having more whānau living on the papakāinga and ensure that Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei continues to extend its footprint in Orākei. The opportunity to buy these properties is significant, and it gives the hapū the ability to influence and enhance the surroundings and access points to our papakāinga landholdings, Whenua Rangatira and Pourewa.
There are no immediate plans to redevelop the sites once the purchase is complete and the homes are transferred to us but any decisions made will be done in consultation with whānau to ensure it is in the best interest of the hapū and future generations.
Keep an eye out on our ePānui and Pukamata page for updates.