The first 18 KiwiBuild families have been welcomed to their new homes by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and the local community.
A street party was held this morning in the McLennan development in Papakura and gave existing residents a chance to meet their new KiwiBuild neighbours.
Jacinda Ardern said KiwiBuild is giving thousands of young families who have been locked out of homeownership a chance to buy their own affordable, starter home.
“Having a home is not about just the bricks and mortar, it’s about being able to put down roots for future generations. It’s about giving our kids, and their kids to come, a place to call home.
“Our Government believes that housing is at the heart of what makes communities strong. Everyone deserves to have a warm, dry and affordable home.
“It’s fitting that we’re welcoming the first KiwiBuild families into their own homes on the first anniversary of forming our Government. It’s incredibly heart-warming,” Jacinda Ardern said.
Phil Twyford said the Government is committed to tackling the national housing crisis, and the terrible impacts on our families of unaffordable housing and a rental market under pressure.
“These 18 families today make KiwiBuild a reality. This is just the beginning.
“We busy building more KiwiBuild houses throughout the country. We’re also making housing more affordable by banning overseas speculators and closing tax loopholes, and reforming the rental market.
“There is still a lot of work to do to build our way out of the housing crisis, but today shows the progress we are already making,” Phil Twyford said.
Prime Minister – Andrew Campbell 021 243 8573
Minister Twyford – Danya Levy 021 996 010
Notes to editor:
- There are 12 more properties already under construction at the McLennan development that will be completed before Christmas, including seven terraced two-bedroom homes and five four-bedroom homes. Next year, a further 58 mainly three bedroom homes will be built at the Papakura location.
- KiwiBuild is on track to deliver 1000 homes by mid-2019, then a further 5000 homes by June 2020 and another 10,000 homes by June 2021.
- For more information please go to www.kiwibuild.govt.nz
To ensure KiwiBuild homes go to the people they are intended for, applicants must:
- Be a first-time buyer or a ‘second chancer’
- Have an income of less than $120,000 for a single buyer, or no more than $180,000 for more than one purchaser,
- Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or a resident visa holder who is ‘ordinarily resident in New Zealand’,
- And intend to own and live in the home as their primary place of residence for at least three years.
The online pre-qualification process will ask for specific documentation certified by an authorised person (e.g. Justice of the Peace, lawyer, etc) including:
- Proof of citizenship/residency
- Proof of income
- Financial pre-approval from a bank or other lender
- Statutory declaration signed by an authorised person (e.g. a Justice of the Peace, lawyer)