Te Tumu Kāinga are part of a partnership that’s helping bring affordable housing to the Manukau region.

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The not-for-profit community-housing provider, managed by Te Tumu Paeroa, is part of the Puhinui Park Ltd partnership - alongside the New Zealand Housing Foundation and CORT Community Housing. The new Kōtuitui Place development will see up to 300 new homes built in Manukau over the next five years.

Te Tumu Kāinga chairperson Basil Tapuke says the Kōtuitui Place development is more than just building houses. It’s creating something far more important and meaningful.

"We're giving whānau an opportunity at home ownership. And at the same time, helping to build a thriving community”.

Around 60% of the homes will be available through an assisted affordable scheme, making owning a home a real possibility for many. The partnership have previously worked together at Waimahia Inlet, where they’re currently completing the last of 295 houses.

The Waimahia Inlet model has led to over 75 families moving into and creating this community through a variety of schemes.

Basil presenting Panuku"Waimahia is a mixed tenure community. By offering options like community affordable rentals, rent to buy and shared equity, we now have a number of whānau living in new, warm and quality homes of their own. For a lot of whānau, this is a dream come true" says Basil.

The new development has come about through an agreement between Auckland urban regeneration agency Panuku Development Auckland, iwi Te Ākitai Waiohua and the Puhinui partnership.

Earthworks for the development started in February with construction expected to begin later in the year. For Te Tumu Kāinga, this development is an important next step following the success of Waimahia Inlet.

"As a charity, Te Tumu Kāinga is focused on creating better homes for Māori. We've shown what's possible at Waimahia and we're looking forward to doing the same thing here".

- Maika Bennett