It unlocks greater potential for The Selwyn Foundation to help and support a much larger proportion of our older population. Through this new joint venture company, we aim to provide outstanding housing for older Aucklanders – to create safe, age-friendly neighbourhoods, where houses are homes, streets are communities and tenants are well served and content where they live and with the services they receive.
“This new partnership is as much about securing the futures of older people and enhancing their wellbeing, as it is about housing. It goes to the heart of the Foundation’s charitable purpose – improving the lives of the more vulnerable, aged members of our society. We are extremely excited by the opportunity and look forward to working with the council to transition operations over the coming months, and then commencing services early next year.”
Panuku Strategy and Engagement Director David Rankin says the redevelopment of the villages has an added spin-off for Aucklanders looking to buy their own home.
“We will not only ensure the new homes are fit-for-purpose for our older people but the redevelopment will also enable approximately double the total number of houses on the sites."
“The other houses will be developed by community housing providers and the private sector, and will include a mix of affordable and market-priced homes – all adding to Auckland’s housing supply.” Rankin says Panuku will make better use of some sites, while others that are not fit-for-purpose will be sold to free up funds for reinvestment in the redevelopment of the villages.
A tenants’ reference group and a mana whenua advisory group have been set up to ensure the views of those living in the homes, including the needs of Maori, are incorporated in the development plans.
The joint venture company is expected to be established by March 2017, with the operations of the villages transitioning to the new partnership over the next six months.
*The total of 1452 includes 1412 existing units and 40 that are committed to being built in Wilsher Village in Henderson. Most units are in the south (686), followed by the north (458) and the west (308). Devonport-Takapuna has the largest concentration with 274 units.
The partnership arrangement for the Housing for Older People portfolio was part of a statutory consultation process for the amendment of council’s 2015-2025 long term plan. Following the consultation process in June, council’s Governing Body approved the amendment last month.