Araheke housing complex, on Harrison St, was officially opened at a dawn blessing and naming ceremony this morning. It was attended by Mayor Tory Whanau, mana whenua, as well as community and Council representatives.
The $5.5 million social housing complex has nine fully insulated, family townhouses – eight have four bedrooms, and one has three bedrooms.
Mayor Whānau says everyone has a right to a warm, dry, safe place to call home.
“I’m stoked that Araheke is adding to the number of quality, affordable, family-sized homes available for our Wellington social housing tenants.
“Wellington is on the cusp of transformational change and it’s important that we create a city that caters to everyone’s needs. Araheke is a part of that.”
Architects Isthmus designed the houses with community and people of all ages and stages of life in mind and Holmes Construction have completed the construction to a high standard.
Councillor Teri O’Neill, Chair of the City Council’s Kōrau Mātinitini Social, Cultural, and Economic Committee, says: "The new development is a great example of medium density done well, and comes with childhood and primary education, recreational opportunities, shopping, and public transportation offered nearby.”