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
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.