Community housing for older people is about to get a welcome boost in West Auckland with the addition of 40 new apartments in Henderson.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff marked the start of construction last week.

“The number of older Aucklanders is expected to double in the next 15 years,” he says.

Goff says the new apartments will help cater for the growing number of older people.

“Forty new homes in Henderson will be a welcome addition to 1412 homes that council already provides older people who need affordable and secure accommodation in Auckland.”

The housing is managed by community housing provider Haumaru Housing, a partnership between Auckland Council and the Selwyn Foundation.

Haumaru Housing Chief Executive Officer, Gabby Clezy, says the building represents a new style of housing for older people and raises the standard for future developments catering for the senior community.

“These new apartments will provide warm, dry, safe and secure homes for senior citizens and will set the standard for our other housing developments to come.

“We look forward to receiving the completed building next year and to providing more affordable rental homes that will help people to live well and will enhance their wellbeing in this wonderful new setting.”

The four-storey building will provide 40 one-bedroom, wheelchair accessible homes with a floor area of 45sqm and a designated space for mobility scooters. The 3000sqm site also provides extensive green spaces and 19 car parks for resident and visitors.

The village is designed to be easy to maintain, warm and energy efficient with a high Homestar built rating. An internal atrium connects the four neighbourhoods within the building with generous corridors on each floor to encourage social interaction between residents.

Panuku Chief Operating Officer David Rankin says the new housing goes beyond minimum design requirements.

“In developing the design standards, Panuku worked closely with The Selwyn Foundation, Age Concern NZ, mana whenua, tenant reference groups and the local board to gain insights into the challenges faced by those living in the homes.”

The new village is expected to be completed by mid-2019 with residents moving in shortly after.

The remainder of the 1.6-hectare site on Henderson Valley Road is earmarked for a separate housing development which will see at least 50 homes in the coming years.

Photo caption: (left to right) Councillor Penny Hulse (Waitākere Ward), David Rankin (COO, Panuku), Gabby Clezy (CEO, Haumaru Housing), Helen Melrose (Chair, Haumaru Housing), Mayor Phil Goff, Roger McDonald (CEO, Panuku), Shane Henderson (Chair, Henderson-Massey Local Board), Brenda Brady (Board member, Henderson-Massey Local Board)

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