NZ Urban Development News - 30 October


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Kiwibuild apartments being built within Mt Albert development Tuatahi

Eighteen new apartments have been announced for Mt Albert under the Government's KiwiBuild programme.

They will be built at the Tuatahi development, which is a partnership between Ockham Residential and Marutūāhu iwi.

The head of KiwiBuild, Stephen Barclay, said the apartments, which will range in price from $435,000 to $600,000, would be aimed at city livers. 

"These are highly desirable, architecturally-designed and well-appointed apartments in central Auckland," he said.

AMETI Eastern Busway update

Work is starting shortly to remove 61 properties as part of the AMETI Eastern Busway route. The properties are all owned by Auckland Council and are along the Panmure to Pakuranga stage of AMETI.

The removal of properties on the northern side of Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road will finish by early 2019 to enable the main construction phase to start in March or April 2019.

Mayor Phil Goff says, "AMETI will bring high-frequency public transport to east Auckland along with significantly improved facilities for motorists and safer, faster connections for bike riders and walkers. It will unlock housing development opportunities and boosting the local economy."

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announces 175 Kiwibuild homes for Waikato town

KiwiBuild has gone lakeside within commuting distance of Hamilton and South Auckland.

Ten of the 175 Government homes to be built at the development on the shores of Lake Waikare in Te Kauwhata will be up for grabs when the ownership ballot opens on Monday, October 29.

They'll be two-bedroom, modern standalone homes - all fully landscaped with off-street parking and a home appliance package.

Prices for the 128sqm houses will be half the Auckland average at $480,000.

First KiwiBuild families welcomed to their new homes

The first 18 KiwiBuild families have been welcomed to their new homes by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and the local community.

A street party was held this morning in the McLennan development in Papakura and gave existing residents a chance to meet their new KiwiBuild neighbours.

Jacinda Ardern said KiwiBuild is giving thousands of young families who have been locked out of homeownership a chance to buy their own affordable, starter home.

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