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    Overview

    Rangimarie Hunia introduces the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei development, designed to provide vibrant and dynamic community based housing for hapū members in Ōrākei. COO Kate Healy discusses the design requirements for the development including the need for affordability and long term intergenerational design thinking.

    Project Summary

    ​​​​Ngāti Whātua iwi have been based in Tamaki for the last 300 years. K​āinga Tuatahi is a development of 30 medium-density houses designed especially for Ngāti Whātua descendants, including a significant proportion of first-time homeowners. ​

    Underpinning the development is a focus on affordability, not just initial cost but long-term affordability over the life time of the houses. 

    Also key to the development was the expression of the cultural identity for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and the principles of the hapū relating to environmental wellbeing and sustainable design.  These values are present throughout the development in the form of community gardens, shared play spaces, zero waste initiatives, including worm farms, storm water planting, solar panels, solar access, walkability and cycling networks.