Housing intensification:

Iwi's cautious approach is paying off

Changing a suburban landscape from transient social housing on quarter-acre sections to high-density terraced housing was never going to be straightforward, but Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s cautious approach to its Oneoneroa development in Belmont, Auckland is paying off.

The stigma associated with intensive housing when it was first mooted, which the company has described as “huge”, has all but vanished.

And that’s down to the efforts of the iwi and architects, who have gone to great pains to create high-end, low-maintenance homes and modern communities that completely do away with the negative aspects of the original NZ Navy social houses that once sat on the land.

The old houses were set so far back on their sites, there was no connection with the street; there was a huge amount of unused land; and the houses themselves were not geared for modern living.

Link to video and article: Housing intensification: Iwi's cautious approach is paying off | Stuff.co.nz


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