Newtown's Thoroughly Modern Apartments: Open Day this Saturday

20 November 2013

Wellingtonians are invited to join residents and the Newtown community to celebrate the $48 million Newtown Park Apartments upgrade at an open day this Saturday, 23 November, from 11am.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is urging the community to come and get up close and see the award-winning apartments and the nearby brand new Regent Park apartments. There’ll also be music and fun for the family - with bands performing during the day and activities including face painting, poi workshops and hula hooping.

Upgrade work finished at Newtown Park - Wellington City Council’s single-biggest social housing complex - just a few months ago.

Mayor Wade-Brown says the $400 million City Housing upgrade programme is providing healthy, safe homes and contributing to a sense of community.

"Wellington’s an egalitarian city where everybody deserves a warm, dry, safe and affordable home," she says. "These five buildings have been earthquake strengthened, modernised and made energy efficient and more secure; the grounds have been extensively landscaped to create more spaces for neighbours to socialise and safe places for children to play."

Southern Ward City Councillor, Paul Eagle, Chair of the Council’s Community, Sport and Recreation Committee, says involving tenants from the beginning of the design process and right through the upgrade has reaped significant benefits. "There’s now a strong sense of connectedness and fellowship among the residents - they’re a very important part of what makes Newtown a great place to live."

Several tenants have been given Housing Heroes awards in recognition of the help they’ve provided their neighbours throughout the project and initiatives they’ve taken to create a vibrant community.

The redevelopment has received a number of awards including for sustainable architecture, its vibrant colour schemes and innovation in engagement - by involving tenants in designing the new housing facilities.

Upgrading these 205 units is part of a 20-year, $400 million, programme, funded jointly by the Government and the City Council, to upgrade the Council’s social rental housing. It’s aimed at improving tenants’ health, safety and security, providing a high standard of modern living and increasing the energy efficiency of Council housing.

The Housing Upgrade Project, which started in 2008, is the largest social housing redevelopment project ever done in New Zealand - some 2300 homes are being upgraded. "Providing social housing is a core service for Wellington City Council - we’re proud to support those most in need," says Cr Eagle.

Newtown Park Apartments open day celebration

  • Saturday 23 November, 11am - 3pm
  • 320 Mansfield Street, Newtown

Come along for music, kid’s activities and entertainment for all the family.
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