NGA014 Whai Rawa AR 2014


Kāinga (meaning home) Tuatahi (meaning the first) is an innovative papakāinga home ownership model, where Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei members will be able to release equity in their homes.

Kāinga Tuatahi is planned as a 30-home development on the Orākei papakāinga, spread over 9,112m2. The site extends across both sides of Kupe Street and down to Takitimu Street. It is the first new housing development on the Orākei papakāinga in ten years. The site layout incorporates shared open spaces, embracing the concepts of whanaungatanga, kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and kotahitanga. Whai Rawa aims for Kāinga Tuatahi to be a high quality, sustainable, innovative development that will establish a standard for iwi housing developments nationwide.

Of the 30 homes being built, three will be two- bedroom homes, nine will be three-bedroom homes and the balance are four-bedroom homes. There is a possibility that the larger homes may be modified over time to incorporate a fifth bedroom in lieu of a garage. The homes are a mixture of standalone, terraced and attached homes. The designs have been influenced in part by feedback from the whānau who will purchase the homes from the hapū. The houses have been designed by Stevens Lawson, an Auckland-based architecture firm.


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