Community housing partner endorsed by Auckland Council

Last Updated : 11 Dec 2015
Community housing partner endorsed by Auckland Council

A new community housing partner has been selected to work with the council on social housing for older Aucklanders. 

In June 2015, Auckland Council agreed to a new partnership model for housing for older persons. In December, it endorsed Panuku Development Auckland’s recommended candidate to manage and further develop its portfolio of 1412 homes for older Aucklanders. 

Auckland Development Committee Chair, Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, says the preferred provider is a New Zealand-owned and -operated organisation with an excellent track record in the sector. 

“Partnering with an experienced community housing provider strengthens our ability to provide safe, secure and affordable housing for older Aucklanders. 

“The council is committed to maintaining its role in housing for older persons. We are not stepping out of this area – we are making it stronger for the future. 

“We have chosen a partner that knows the sector extremely well, prioritises the needs of older people and has sound commercial capability. 

“This is a smart move to plan for the aging of ‘baby boomer’ Aucklanders and provide those that need our help with homes. 

“The proposal will maintain our current level of older-adult housing provision – both the number of units and levels of service – and improve the average quality of our existing stock. 

“In addition, this partnership will allow us to access government funding, to work with a provider who knows the sector intimately and to use our combined expertise to improve services to our older people, as well as refurbish and further develop our units and villages,” says the deputy mayor. 

Panuku will now progress a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which in turn will allow feasibility work, due diligence and an indicative development programme to be developed with the partner.

The partnership will be formally announced when the MOU is finalised. Public consultation on the proposal will also be carried out in early 2016.

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