Monday, July 15, 2024

Community-led partnership to deliver Hamilton housing

A community-led partnership to deliver more housing in Fairfield and Enderley has been endorsed by Hamilton City Council.

Hamilton City Council and Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities will work alongside iwi, mana whenua and the Fairfield and Enderley community to create a plan for the area.

Council’s Strategic Growth Committee says the plan will focus on improving community outcomes through improved transport connections, accessible facilities and a mix of more warm, dry, safe and modern homes for people to live in.

Committee chair, Councillor Dave Macpherson acknowledged that Fairfield and Enderley had a passionate and well-connected community with big hopes for the area.

“We want to see people live in a range of good quality homes, that they can afford to buy or rent. This basic human right will improve the health and wellbeing of this community, many of whom are among our most vulnerable.”

Cr Macpherson said setting up the partnership was a key action from Council’s Housing Strategy, which was approved in March.

“We want to make sure all Hamiltonians have a decent place to live, that is easy to get to on public transport and has some great community spaces nearby,” he said.

“Fairfield and Enderley is well-situated in that regard and also has the opportunity to benefit from the neighbouring Ruakura development to provide employment.”

Kāinga Ora Waikato Regional Director, Mark Rawson said having a community-led partnership approach put the people of Fairfield and Enderley at the heart of future plans for the area.

“We have an exciting opportunity here to work alongside those who know best what’s needed to help build better homes, lives and communities in the Fairfield and Enderley area,” he said.

The partnership will work closely with Council to deliver the plan in early 2022, including a framework for how and when it will be implemented.

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