Ōpōtiki District Council & Kainga Ora Partner To Increase Housing Supply
More public housing is on the way for Ōpōtiki.
Ōpōtiki District Council have sold a 5600m2- parcel of land on the corner of Wellington and Union Streets to Kainga Ora for $465,000.
It's part of a commitment by the Council and Kainga Ora to increasing housing supply in the district for whānau who are in need of a home.
Council’s Acting Chief Executive, Miles McConway says, "it is clear the housing shortage was one of the biggest challenges facing the district and the sale is a step in the right direction to help ease the shortage in the medium term."
“Addressing the housing shortage is a complex problem and Council is working with a range of agencies in a range of ways to provide short, medium and long-term solutions." McConway says.
Kāinga Ora Regional Director for the Bay of Plenty, Darren Toy, says the purchase of the land from the Council is good news for those in Ōpōtiki most in need of a place to call home.
“We’re delighted to work in partnership with the Council on purchase of this land where we’ll build much-needed quality homes for local whānau. We’re in the early stages of exploring building 21 modern, warm and dry two to five bedroom homes, and will be working to have these homes ready for people to move in to as soon as we can.” Toy says.
“This is the first large-scale development by Kāinga Ora in Ōpōtiki for many years and will help meet the strong need for more housing in the district, with close to 100 applicants on the Housing Register, many of whom are in need of family sized homes.”