Government Northland housing investment to spark transformational change
- Over $10 million infrastructure funding to unlock housing in Whangārei
- The purchase of a 3.279 hectare site in Kerikeri to enable 56 new homes
- Northland becomes eligible for $100 million scheme for affordable rentals
Multiple Northland communities will benefit from multiple Government housing investments, delivering thousands of new homes for locals, Housing Minister Megan Woods says.
“Te Tai Tokerau is an area of high housing need, and we are pleased to be able to support more housing initiatives in the North. This includes investing in infrastructure, delivering more public homes, and providing more opportunities for affordable home ownership,” Megan Woods said.
$10.3 million for critical infrastructure in Whangārei
Key transport upgrades in Whangārei will get $10.3 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF) – unlocking more land to build thousands of new homes.
“The investment is expected to open up approximately 160 hectares of greenfield land, allowing for up to 3,000 new homes across multiple sites in the city. Up to 1,000 of these are expected to be delivered over the next 10 to 15 years, and up to 2,000 in the longer-term,” said Megan Woods.
“The projects in Whangārei include a new bridge to replace a single-lane timber bridge in Kamo, which has stalled development plans to date, and a new roundabout on State Highway One with an arterial road and shared user path, connecting sites in Springs Flat with services, education and job opportunities.
“Today’s announcement brings the combined IAF investment in the North to $58.9 million, following earlier IAF investments last November for Kaikohe and Kawakawa. In total, 14 critical infrastructure projects in Northland will be supported by IAF funding,” Megan Woods said.
More affordable homes for Kerikeri
“I am also pleased to announce that the Government has bought a 3.279 hectare site at 57A Hall Road in Kerikeri to enable 56 new homes to be built, adding a considerable supply of affordable homes in an area with a significant housing shortage.
“Kerikeri, like other parts of the region, has experienced rapid growth in recent years creating high housing need. This purchase provides a marvellous opportunity to do something significant to ramp up supply quickly, as it is one of very few development-ready sites within the Far North.
“This Government has vowed to focus on the bread and butter issues. At least 30 per cent of the site will be either public housing, or homes at price points that are attainable for first home buyers,” said Megan Woods.
The homes are expected to be delivered in early 2025.
Northland becomes eligible for $100 million scheme for affordable rentals
“We are also announcing a second round of the Affordable Rental Pathway, which will now open to the whole of New Zealand, including Northland. It will offer $100 million in grant funding to not-for-profits to build new, affordable rentals.”
“Rising rents and living costs have put whānau under great financial stress. This funding boost recognises the urgent need for more affordable, long-term rentals for people who can’t meet the cost of a market rent but can’t access, or don’t need, public housing,” said Megan Woods.