Habitat’s first housing development in Kerikeri aims to set a high standard for future affordable homes

Mar 14, 2023

The Kerikeri development, named Te Arapū, was formally opened on Friday by Habitat Northern Region CEO, Conrad LaPointe and blessed by local hapū Ngāti Rēhia and Far North Mayor Moko Tepania.

Conrad LaPointe said, “Our goal is to deliver high quality, nurturing and well-appointed housing that provides a healthy and stable living environment that is connected to the wider community, and is a place where people can call home and feel safe and secure.”

“Habitat for Humanity Northern’s strategy to deliver new Public Housing supply puts a clear focus on Tai Tokerau. This acknowledges the need in the region and government funding in areas where Kāinga Ora is seeking CHP sector involvement to meet the overall delivery intentions.”


Pictured: Mayor Moko Tepania and Habitat Northern CEO Conrad LaPointe

Northland Mayor Moko Tepania said, “Growing up in Hikurangi was absolutely one of the reasons which has led to the successes my own whānau have had in life. Having a place to call home, especially in the heart of our largest town is going to be hugely beneficial to whānau.”

Habitat will also be providing tenancy and asset management services with direct support from local charity Kairos Connection Trust, and other local agencies including Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine Health Trust.


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