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Homes for our people – progress update

Tarbet St

Tarbet street

From social housing to conventional housing, there is a big need for more places to live in the Hastings that are tailored to meet the diverse needs of our district.

One of the key pillars of Hastings District Council’s 2018/2028 long term plan vision is to provide or facilitate the provision of homes for our people.

Warm, affordable housing is a priority for some, for others it’s about freeing up land in a strategic, sensitive way that protects our prime fertile soils while giving people an opportunity to own, or build their own home.

Last year Hastings was selected as a pilot for a new ‘place based’ approach by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. This approach recognises that every community has their own housing and urban development challenges and opportunities.

This has involved working with organisations such as Kāinga Ora, Ministry of Housing & Urban Development, Te Puni Kokiri, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Ngāti Kahungungu, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Ministry of Social Development, Whatever It Takes Trust and the Department of Corrections.

The overarching goal is to ensure everyone has access to warm, safe, dry homes and achievable pathways to home ownership.

Activity to date includes:

Tarbet Street

A vacant section of unused Hastings District Council land that has been sitting idle in Flaxmere has become the site for a development comprising 17 houses.

Two lots have been put aside for 18 social/transitional houses.

The land sits between Flaxmere Ave, Kirkwood Rd and Tarbet St, and this council project got underway in July this year.

Waingakau Village

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga (TTOH) and its sister company Waingakau housing developments Ltd is underway building 120 homes in the ‘Waingakau Suburb’ in Flaxmere West.

Hastings District Council has been involved from the outset helping facilitate this development.

It will be a mix of co-housing and conventional housing from one to four bedrooms. It is offering multiple pathways into home ownership and quality homes.

Kāinga Ora

Hastings District Council is partnering with Kāinga Ora to progress housing consents, and already more than 150 are under construction with a large number currently going through the consenting process.

Forty houses are being built at Kauri Place and other developments likely to begin later this year include 22 homes at Nikau St, St Leonards, 16 homes at Pukatea St and Hinau St and 42 homes at Oliphant Rd and Campbell St.


Council continues to encourage the development of Papakāinga housing through effective cross-sectoral engagement with whānau and hapū, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Māori Land Court, and project consultants.

At the end of last year the Government committed $8.7m to support the delivery of papakāinga housing and whānau home repairs in Hawke’s Bay.

In Hastings, papakāinga developments by Ngāti Kahungungu and Te Puni Kokiri are underway in areas including Waipatu, Waimarama, Te Hauke, and Waiohiki.

The aim is to work with central government to build up to 200 more papakāinga housing in the district.

Greenfield developments

A key aspect of council’s housing strategy is a residential development programme that provides certainty for developers and choice in the housing market, being staged at a rate that balances the cost to council of installing the required infrastructure against market demand.

Areas under development are progressing at Lyndhurst, Howard St, Brookvale/Romanes Drive and Iona, with council at various stages of providing three water and internal road services.

29 September 2020

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