New partnership opens doors

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Whitireia and WelTec Polytechnic trade students are putting their carpentry skills to good use by building new state housing for families.

Forty-seven new 2-bedroom homes will be built over the next five years thanks to a new partnership between Whitireia and WelTec and Housing New Zealand.

The new warm and dry houses will be built by trade students on the Whitireia and WelTec campuses.

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Prisoners engaged in We0lTec trade training at Rimutaka Prison will also produce one new house per year as part of the programme.

Two new 3-bedroom homes have already been completed as part of this partnership, one of which was built behind the wire at Rimutaka Prison and the other at the Whitireia campus last year. These two new homes have just been delivered to a vacant Housing New Zealand site in Porirua and will be available for families to move in by mid-2019.

As the new homes are completed they will be transported by truck to various sites in the Wellington region or further afield.

“The new homes are opening doors for both those who built them and those who will have a new home for their families,” says Jonathan, Programme Director, Housing New Zealand.

“We have a lot of demand for new state housing across the country and this partnership will help Housing New Zealand deliver more modern, warm and dry homes for those in need,” says Jonathan.

WelTec Chief Executive Chris Gosling says the partnership is promising for both students and the community.

“This is a great recognition of the quality of the outputs from our construction school. I’m very excited that our students will be producing high quality and affordable housing, at the same time as they gain valuable industry experience.”

“The partnership means our students are able to build homes that are market-ready and can be delivered into communities that are most in need of housing. That’s a really motivating thought for someone learning a trade,” says Chris.

“The Rimutaka house builders are proud to be part of this initiative. The houses they’re building represent a positive future for them through the skills and qualifications they’re gaining, as well as for the families who will live in them,” says Rimutaka Assistant Prison Director Kym Grierson.