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Ribbon cutting marks first new homes at Rangers Park

Tuesday 10 September 2013, 4:05PM
By Chambers PR
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CHRISTCHURCH

Rangers Park’s first ten homes, built by Hawkins Construction, were officially opened by Rt Hon Prime Minister John Key today.

Hawkins is working with MBIE to deliver a total of 18 houses and 22 apartments.   The $12.5 million development is part of the Government’s response to on-going demand for temporary accommodation following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Rt Hon Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Housing Dr Nick Smith oversaw the official opening of the first stage at a ribbon cutting celebration today.

The village will initially provide housing for people who are having earthquake damaged homes repaired or rebuilt and will eventually be sold as demand for temporary accommodation reduces.

“Our Hawkins team have plenty of experience with this type of work, having already built 84 homes in similar village-style precincts,” said Hawkins Construction Regional Manager, Steve Taw.

"We are excited to open the first 10 homes in this project, which are a positive and reinvigorating addition to the eastern suburbs.

“It is satisfying to know Hawkins is playing our part in assisting with Christchurch’s housing challenge.”

The new Rangers Park homes will add to the 84 accommodation units managed by the Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service (CETAS) already established at Linwood Park, Kaiapoi Domain and R?whiti Domain.

Rangers Park is different to the three existing temporary villages in that they will be new permanent homes that will be sold once demand for temporary accommodation has lessened. In time this will bring additional affordable housing to the market  for Christchurch families.