Everything is community: developer and incoming resident experiences of the establishment phase at Waimahia Inlet

Author: Emma Fergusson,Karen Witten,Liam Kearns,Robin Kearns
Publication date: 2016
Topics: Demographics and society, Economy, business and industry, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, Māori
Source: The Shore and Whariki Research Centre - Massey University


Resilient Urban Futures, Residential Choice and Community Formation Strand.  

Waimahia Inlet is an affordable housing development located on the edge of the Manukau Harbour, 23km south of the Auckland CBD and 5km southwest of Manukau City centre. Tāmaki Makaurau Community Housing Limited (TMCHL), an incorporated body comprising the Tāmaki Collective, Te Tumu Kāinga, Community of Refuge Trust (CORT) and the New Zealand Housing Foundation, has governance and management responsibilities for the development.

On completion, Waimahia Inlet will be Aotearoa’s largest third sector housing development comprising 295 dwellings, approximately 70% of which will be either assisted homeownership (shared-equity and rent-to-buy) or homes retained by the community housing providers (CHP) as affordable rental accommodation. The development arose out of the shared interests of the consortium partners to provide good-quality, affordable housing for lower income New Zealand households. The report, prepared with the assistance of consortium partners, documents the establishment phase of the Waimahia Inlet development.

This report presents the findings of a study of the establishment phase of the Waimahia Inlet housing development in Manukau, Auckland.

The case study contributes to a broader project, Resilient Urban Futures, concerned with the social, economic and environmental performance of different models of urban development. Waimahia is interesting for a number of reasons:

  • it is being carried out by a consortium of Māori organisations and community housing providers (CHPs), drawing on the complementary capacities of these groups and their shared interest in providing affordable, good-quality housing for those in need
  • it is the largest third sector housing project undertaken to date in Aotearoa
  • it was the first Special Housing Area designated under the Auckland Housing Accord, signed between central government and Auckland Council in September 2013.

See also:

The Shore and Whariki Research Centre - Massey University

New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Resilient Urban Futures Programme - University of Otago