Tāmaki Redevelopment Company looking forward to working with the community
Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) chief executive Debra Lawson says the organisation is looking forward to working with the Tāmaki community which has been an integral part of developing the vision for the Transformation Programme over the past few years.
This wide-ranging programme will see Tāmaki (including Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure) in Auckland transformed over the next 20-25 years.
The Tāmaki Transformation Programme is about creating a thriving, attractive, sustainable and self-reliant community. The Tāmaki community is working towards better education and health, more people in jobs and business opportunities, a better urban environment and improved housing options for all life stages for the people who live in the area now and those who will live there in the future.
“There has been widespread and continuous consultation with mana whenua and the local community about a vision for Tāmaki and the new company is committed to work on behalf of the community to further develop that vision and to identify the necessary transformational activities,” says Ms Lawson.
“I’m enormously respectful of the huge legacy we’ve inherited from all the people in the community who have contributed their time, energy and ideas through previous consultation. Our intention is to build upon these ideas and the work that has gone before when we bring together all the current and future initiatives and projects into a single draft Strategic Framework.
“The Tāmaki Transformation Programme is far more than a single project - it is a series of interlinking and complementary economic, social, urban space and housing projects creating a synergy that leads to transformation.
“I am aware that some people in the area think that the Transformation Programme is the Northern Glen Innes Housing project. This is not the case. The Northern Glen Innes Project started before the establishment of the TRC and the company will work closely with Housing NZ to ensure this project becomes integrated as part of the wider planning and regeneration of the area.
“In particular, the Government wants to ensure that social housing is delivered in a way that stimulates the supply of new, decent, affordable housing – and that tenants are offered housing options that are best suited to their needs.
“We are setting up the company to not only identify and progress new models of housing supply, but also to improve integration between the wider social, economic and urban space initiatives in the Tāmaki area.
“By integrating all of the various initiatives – including in areas such as employment, health and education – we expect the lives of all Tāmaki residents will improve and Tāmaki will be transformed into a more prosperous, vibrant place to live.”
Ms Lawson says that any decisions on the mix of private, community and social housing will be discussed with the Tāmaki community – finding innovative housing solutions is part of the process.
She adds that Housing New Zealand will continue to be a significant provider of social housing.
About the Tāmaki Transformation Programme:
The new company, jointly-owned by Crown and Auckland Council, is expected to ensure a co-ordinated approach to create measurable improvement across four key components over time.
The Government and the Auckland Council signed a shareholders agreement called a Heads of Agreement (HoA).
Click here to read a version of the Heads of Agreement.
A social component will support Tāmaki residents and their families in getting the skills, knowledge and employment opportunities they need.
An economic component will strengthen the local economy, creating new jobs and business opportunities.
A housing component will optimise land use and existing housing stock, including progressing private housing development and delivering better social housing options in Tāmaki.
Meanwhile, a spatial component will create safe and connected neighbourhoods and spaces that support the social and economic development of Tamaki and its community.