from Maraenui by Kāinga Ora
There are finally some new housing projects in the pipeline, including a state house development of 200 homes.
But locals do not want it to further rip apart the suburb.
Roopu-a-Iwi Trust supports local whānau and its office is in the heart of Maraenui, having been there for 17 years.
Chief executive Maureen Mua said about a decade ago, Housing New Zealand ripped down many houses.
"By demolishing just under 100 homes, they replaced it with 7 two-bedroom units."
Some of the them were removed because they were earthquake prone.
But there were also other problems.