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Natural Habitats Urban Land development award goes to Housing New Zealand’s Daventry St development

Congratulations to Housing New Zealand which won a merit award in the Natural Habitats’ sponsored Urban Land development award for Tōrea Place in the recent New Zealand Property Council annual awards.

Located off Daventry St in the Auckland suburb of Waterview, the unique triangular site was almost 3,500 sqm in size but had just three 1940s brick duplexes that were well past their ‘use-by’ date. Now Housing New Zealand has created 17 warm, dry and healthy homes in their place.

They feature double-glazing, insulation, thermal quality curtains and carpet, and they’re positioned to make the most of the sun – all of these factors make them more comfortable and economical places to live.

The development achieved New Zealand Green Building Council 6 Homestar Design rating certification and incorporates innovative features such as solar powered street lighting and recycled planter boxes for tenant use, says , Rider Levett Bucknall on behalf of the Judging Panel for the 2017Property Council New Zealand Property Industry Awards.

“Throughout the life of the project Housing New Zealand committed to a high level of community engagement including planting workshops, afternoon teas, community open days, road naming sessions, tenant satisfaction surveys and forums to discuss planting of the developments “central green”.   The outcome is an attractive and welcome development that complements the existing surroundings.”

The name for Tōrea Place was chosen by Auckland Council’s Albert-Eden Local Board following community consultation. Tōrea is the Maori name for the Variable Oyster Catcher, a stocky coastal bird with a long, bright orange bill. The Tōrea frequents the nearby Motu Manawa Marine Reserve.

Collecting the award on behalf of Housing New Zealand were Housing New Zealand’s Senior Development Manager, Andy Gray, and its Regional Portfolio Manager, Sandra Bond.

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