Minister Flavell commented that seeing happy children and happy mums and dads made all the hard work worthwhile. He also encouraged the 12 whānau to take every opportunity to give back to the papakāinga community.
Plans are afoot to develop a playground and re-open an ECE centre at Tamapahore Marae so that the papakāinga whānau can learn, play and grow stronger together.
These social rental homes mark stage three of a four stage papakāinga development which started in the 1980’s.
The final stage will see eight whānau-owned homes built alongside the 12 social rentals and 16 kaumātua units. Three of the eight whānau-owned homes are due to be built with assistance from the Māori Housing Network.