Matanikolo Housing Project

In 1991, it was the intention of Lotofale’ia Tongan Methodist Church of Mangere (TMCM) to address key social issues facing members of its congregation.

Airedale Property Trust is helping to address local and central government requirements for affordable housing

Airedale Property Trust (APT) has secured further Government funding (through the Ministry of Social Development) to take us to Stage Two of the Matanikolo Development.

The Ministry of Social Development and APT have signed a 20-year contract. As part of this, tenants of Matanikolo will only pay the equivalent of 25% of their income and MSD will pay the balance. Additionally, after re-negotiation MSD has agreed to a re-development subsidy of $912,000 upfront towards this project. The proposal is to build 8 relocatable two-bedroom homes.

The Matanikolo Housing Development has been designed and built especially for Pasifika families who are currently living in crowded, unstable or unsuitable accommodation. This development will allow:

  • The local parish to expand its social housing provision, particularly for the elderly
  • The land to be utilised for its envisioned purpose, and
  • After 20 years, if the Parish decides, the land could be made available for other use.

This project opens up possibilities for future developments in the social housing sector. We hope it brings attention to other areas where land is under-utilised and where there is a growing need for affordable housing for families and communities. 

Stage Two progress as of July 2018

In 1994, through fundraising by its congregation and other forms of financial support, Lotofale’ia TMCM through the Methodist Church acquired some land in Hall Avenue, Mangere which was given the name “Matanikolo”.

The name “Matanikolo” or “Gateway to the Lord” (Psalms 118:20) was given to the congregation of Lotofale’ia TMCM for the land by the then Prince Fatafehi Tu’ipelehake of the Kingdom of Tonga. It was his vision that “Matanikolo” become a source of life to the congregation and the Church as a whole.

Construction of the dwellings commenced in January 2013 and was completed by the end of December 2013. In total 22 houses were built: 14 x 3 bedroom, 3 x 4 bedroom and 5 x 5 bedroom houses.

In August 2013 a young Tongan family moved from an overcrowded home they shared with relatives into their brand new home within the Matanikolo Housing Project. It was a double celebration, just weeks later, they welcomed a new baby to their family and into their home.

Previously the family lived with the wife’s parents, grandparents, her brother and his wife and two children; 12 people in one crowded Mangere house. Now, all twenty-two homes are occupied making this housing development, the first pacific housing project funded through the Government’s Social Housing Unit (Growth Fund) to be completed.

This project is the result of two years of feasibility, development and project management work.

To take it from vision to reality, Airedale Property Trust worked together with:

• The Social Housing Unit, Te Wāhanga Kāinga Pāpori (Growth Fund)

• Lotofale’ia Mangere Tongan Methodist Parish

• Methodist Church of New Zealand, Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa

While Stage One of the Matanikolo Housing project is now complete, Matanikolo is set to become a true ‘village’ within Mangere.