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First sod turned at Coromandel pensioner housing project

24 April 2012

Outstanding example of community collaboration marks significant milestone

A project to build seven social-housing pensioner units in Coromandel marked another milestone in April, with the turning of the first sod.

The project is a leading example of Council's collaborative community approach, working with Coromandel Independent Living Trust (CILT) and Housing NZ. In June last year, Council approved an interest-bearing loan (fixed at 6.5% per annum) to CILT of $75,000 over a 25-year term, to allow the seven units to be built. Housing New Zealand is funding $1.2m for the project.

Council also agreed to use $25,000 from its Housing For The Elderly reserves to help fund the stormwater and wastewater work to ensure the development could be built.

In April, the site was blessed by Reverend Claire Stewart, followed by the turning of the first sod by kuia Kahu Tukerangi (Ngati Tamatera) who then also offered a karakia to Papatuanuku.

Shown in the photo (from left to right): Bobbie Makiri (with red umbrella), Airini Tukerangi (CILT Trustee), Michael Noonan, Kahu Tukerangi and Rev. Claire Stewart.