Wednesday April 5, 2017
More than 100 homes could be built in Wainui – is that enough? By Dave Crampton
The Hutt City Council has invested $1m to open up housing at the end of Wise Street that could see up to 50 homes being built. A further 58 homes are under construction in Parkway Rise, but for some, these houses are unaffordable. Wainuiomata ward councillor Campbell Barry said more land needed to be opened up to build affordable houses. “That’s the biggest opportunity. We need to do more. “That’s why we need bold action.” Wainuiomata Professionals real estate agent Wayne Barton agreed. He said people were coming to Wainuiomata as its still one of the cheapest places to buy. “I`d like to see them free up more land. Wainui is taking off – people are coming where they can afford,” he said.
Parkway Rise homes are getting snapped up.
The Hutt City Council’s Urban Growth Strategy has some ambitious targets for the next 16 years. It provides for residential development on approximately 24 hectares in the Upper Fitzherbert area above Wise Street, instead of pursuing the Greenfield development for the entire Upper Fitzherbert area, which would have the potential for 1500 new homes over 60 hectares of land. This latter proposal initially had the support of Mayor Ray Wallace, but not the rural land-owning community. The proposal also included a roading link to Naenae and was costed at more than $40 million. Urban Plus Limited, a CouncilControlled Trading Organisation that provides low cost rental housing, has also come under fire for providing just under 200 homes in the Hutt, most of which are currently occupied. “They have dropped the ball,” Mr
A fantastic fortnight for football in Wellington It’s been a massive few weeks for football in the capital with the game on a roll from grassroots to international level. Over 10,000 people were at Westpac Stadium to see the All Whites defeat Fiji 2-0. This cements a place in the final of OFC Stage 3 qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The All Whites will now play the winner of Group B in a home-and-away play-off between August 28 and September 5 for a place in the intercontinental play-off against
the fifth-placed South American team. Last Saturday also saw the local club season commence, with thousands of junior players taking the field in early morning starts. The growth of junior football in Wellington continues and has been a shining light in the game in New Zealand. On Sunday, Team Wellington took on perennial favourites Auckland City in the final of the Stirling Sports Premiership in Auckland in a repeat of last years Grand Final.
A committed and cohesive capital side emerged worthy 2-1 winners to follow up last year’s victory, capping off a fine year for new coach Jose Figueira. The last two weeks has also seen a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of the Wellington Phoenix. After demolishing Newcastle Jets 5-0 at Westpac Stadium, with seven players away on All Whites duty, the team then travelled to second-placed Melbourne Victory where few gave Wellington much of a chance. What followed was
a tremendous 3-0 away win, inspired by a lovely Roly Bonevacia double strike and a late Shane Smeltz goal. This Saturday the Phoenix host the recently-announced Hyundai A-League Premiers Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium at 7.35 pm. A win keeps the Phoenix in the hunt for playoff spots – so there is plenty at stake. Kids go free this Saturday so tell your neighbours and your friends to make a real day of it and come roar on the Phoenix! PBA
Barry said. But urban housing chief executive Craig Walton said the biggest owner of vacant land in the Hutt is Housing New Zealand and a co-ordinated approach is needed to free up land in Wainuiomata. Hutt South Labour candidate Virginia Andersen said the quicklymoving housing market is leaving people behind, which affects other aspects of people’s lives. “You have kids out of school - that’s a big worry.” By 2023 – just six years away - the average household size is expected to be 2.5 people, down from 2.7 in 2008. This alone requires homes to be built even if the population does not increase. But, as Mrs Andersen said, we have a more immediate problem. “Right now, we have 20-30 families who have got nowhere to live. What are we going to do about that?”
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Published on Apr 4, 2017