New transitional housing - Otangarei Papakāinga
1 July 2019 Otangarei Papakāinga Limited (“OPL”) has begun construction on a fit for purpose transitional housing papakāinga in the suburb of Otangarei. The papakāinga site is nestled by the sportsground known locally as Fishbone Park. The site was blessed by local kaumātua on Monday and is now being readied for construction.
Five brand new, purpose built, 2-bedroom homes will temporarily house families from MSD’s social housing register, before they move on to more sustainable accommodation.
The papakāinga development is seen as an important part of Kāinga Ora by OPL’s parent, health and social services provider, Te Hau Āwhiowhio o Otangarei, as it believes that wellness starts in the home.
Te Hau Awhiowhio Operations Manager, Janine Kaipo, is excited about how transitional housing can offer hope to families, ‘It will be a safe resting place for whānau. Families will have the space to settle and get their bearings; to make a plan for the future and focus on what’s next for them.’
The papakāinga development was foreshadowed last year by Minister Mahuta as part of the Government’s investment in Northland housing, ending homelessness and whānau Māori living in safe secure healthy homes.
More Housing for Whānau in Otangarei
1 June 2018 This year, Otangarei Papakāinga Limited (“OPL”) will develop a fit for purpose transitional housing papakāinga in the suburb of Otangarei.
The plan draws on the concept of traditional village living, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and ‘It takes a papakāinga to support a whānau’. OPL’s leadership believes that the social dynamics at play in a papakāinga setting can provide a natural form of support to whānau, from the inside out.
Alongside the ‘bricks and mortar’ of the papakāinga build, whānau will have access to the support services offered by OPL’s parent, Te Hau Āwhiowhio o Otangarei Trust. The Trust has developed a breadth of experience in social and health services, youth justice, mental health and addictions and employment pathways, over the last three decades.
OPL’s CEO, Martin Kaipo believes that wellness starts in the home, “Safe secure housing is the priority. However we believe it is simply not enough to provide somewhere to live; whānau in urgent need of social housing tend to require a range of support in a number of areas.”
The desired outcome is happier healthier whānau and, as a result, less support required from the government over the long term.
The project is supported by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Social Development as part of the Government’s focus on ending homelessness and ensuring whānau Maori living in safe secure healthy homes.