Two new Kainga Ora homes

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by Chris Tobin

Timaru can expect to have at least two new Kainga Ora rental homes available for tenants this year.

In the past 10 months a total of 12 one or two-bedroom homes have been built in Timaru by Kainga Ora, formerly Housing New Zealand, at a cost of about $6million.

Kainga Ora said two new homes, each two-bedroomed, would be built in Wai-iti Rd with a completion date expected by the end of the financial year, June 30. The cost would be about $1 million.

“The investment will help modernise housing stock as well as provide more modern, warm, dry homes for tenants and their whanau,” Kainga Ora area manager Gill Brown said in a media release.

“We’re really proud to have built some new homes in the financial year in Timaru for our tenants and it’s wonderful to see that will continue in this financial year.”

She said $727,000 was spent on maintaining their Timaru homes in the last financial year.

Meanwhile, Kainga Ora has announced houses around the country will be freshly painted this financial year as part of a $50million programme.

Chief operating officer Paul Commons said improvements and maintenance would be carried out on more than 64,000 houses nationwide.

“While some of our biggest spending has been in areas where we have the most homes, we have also invested in new painting in many other regional parts of the country.”

A total of $203,000 would be spent in the Waitaki district.

Kainga Ora was established in October last year combining Housing New Zealand, its subsidiary HLC, and the KiwiBuild Unit.