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Thirty new social housing units for Papaioea Place tenants

Friday March 1 2019

Papaioea Place’s first construction phase is now complete.

Helen's new home

With the opening of new 30 units at Papaioea Place, tenants are assured of modern, long-term homes. One of those who moved is Helen Williams. She's lived at Papaioea Place for the past four years and can’t wait to make new memories in her brand new house. Here’s a look at Helen’s big move and her new home.

Photo shows new social housing units at Papaioea Place.

Thirty new social housing units replace 16 that were previously on the site.

Papaioea Place tenants are eagerly packing and preparing for their big move. Next week, they will be moving into their new homes.

Thirty new social housing units were blessed today. This marks the completion of the first construction phase of Papaioea Place, Palmerston North City Council's $7.3 million redevelopment project.

The new units will be officially opened during a ceremony on Monday, 4 March.

The new units at Papaioea Place are open-plan, with eco-friendly and futureproof design to help enhance residents' quality of living. All units are double-glazed and well-insulated. They also have the 4-star Lifemark certification. This means the units are equipped to meet tenants' lifetime mobility and agility needs.

Photo shows open-plan kitchen-dining area inside one of Council's new social housing units.

The new homes are modern and warm.

"We’re excited our tenants can now make the new units their long-term home. We’ve appreciated our existing tenants’ patience as the construction work was undertaken, but we know they’ll be delighted with their new quality, affordable accommodation," says Debbie Duncan, PNCC General Manager - Community.

The 30 new units replaced 16 old ones that were previously on the site.

The next phase of the redevelopment will be the construction of 20 additional units. This will begin in mid-March, once all tenants of the new units have moved in.

Photo shows aerial view of the new social housing units at Papaioea Place.

The sun rises over Council's new social housing units in Papaioea Place.