Today there was a hive of activity in Avondale, Auckland, as the foundations of 102 new dwellings were laid for new state housing in the suburb. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford remarked on the transformation set to occur in the area.

“On the site where there were 10 old 1940s cold, damp homes there's now going to be 102 new modern warm dry dwellings.”

Twyford remarked on the importance of the project, and that the new construction is a part of Labour fulfilling their promise they made to voters to secure government.

Hutt Union and Community Health Service social worker Dina Awarau is on board with what the government is doing.

“The government is making good progress even though they're only starting to build a few at a time, but it's healthy affordable housing for low-income people so that's the kind of thing we need in our community in the Hutt Valley.”

However, Awarau believes that the housing shortage is an issue that will take some time to fix.

“The crisis which we're facing today has been caused by not looking after houses, not building more houses and I guess it is going take about nine years to get back there where we need to be for our whānau.”

She also adds that the government may need to get creative to help alleviate the housing crisis.

“There are other things that could be done like maybe they could lease more private housing to accommodate families, but I guess the government is making a move which is a great thing, but it's going to put a little dent in the homeless situation at the moment.”

It is anticipated that tenants will begin moving into the new dwellings in Avondale in 2020, with all dwellings on the site set to be completed by the end of 2020.

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