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Fletcher Living to build for Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara
Dr Margaret Kawharu on the site of the new Te Uru housing development for Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara ©On File

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Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara and Fletcher Building's Living development have teamed up to build 240 homes on former crown land at Hobsonville Point.

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara deputy chair Margaret Kawharu says although the iwi was not able to get the former Defence site as part of its treaty settlement, it used its leverage to buy four super-lots.

It developed the first lot itself, but has handed over lots two and three to the larger developer to build and manage the Te Uru project.

Dr Kawharu says it will continue to have oversight of the master plan devised by the Hobsonville Land Company, and there is a gain share agreement once costs are covered.

It's a way for the iwi learn some of the finer points of land development and to build relationships that will help in future projects.

"We have an intern working closely with Hobsonville Land Company and gaining experience in master planning, and by the same token Fletcher Living is a company who values the Māori cultural input, so design principles, values, community ideas around housing, it's mutually beneficial," she says.

Ngāti Whātūa o Kaipara is also looking for partners for ecotourism or other activities in Woodhill Forest.


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