NZDF gets new digs at Whenuapai

NZDF gets new digs at Whenuapai
The new townhouses are part of a modern housing complex built by the Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership.

The New Zealand Defence Force is looking forward to being an even bigger part of the Whenuapai community as it takes up the leases on 49 townhouses in a new housing complex in the area, says General Manager of Estate Strategy for Defence Estate and Infrastructure Phil Gurnsey.
Military personnel have begun moving into the townhouses, which have been leased by NZDF to help house its personnel close to operational bases.
NZDF requires personnel to be able to respond quickly, often with short turnarounds to a range of situations including search and rescues, and emergency responses.
Having personnel living close to its operational bases is one of the factors that contributes to operational effectiveness, says Phil.  NZDF has leased 49 one-, two- and three-bedroom properties, built by Mike Greer Homes.
The townhouses will be allocated to NZDF personnel currently on a waiting list, including some recently posted to the Auckland area for their job.
The 49 townhouses are part of a modern housing complex built by the Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership.
A charitable trust, the partnership is administered by Te Tumu Paeroa and made up of Pare Hauraki Iwi and Te Tumu Kainga.
For the Whenuapai development, the partnership is working with New Ground Capital, Mike Greer Homes and China Construction Bank.
Private developers New Ground Capital, services the Build-to-Rent sector where institutional capital is invested in long-term, professionally managed residential rental portfolios, where tenants are treated as customers and provided with security of tenure.
Construction of the 49 townhouses on the 6400 square metre site started in March 2017 and was completed in June this year.
The homes will help to replace 75 houses that the NZDF was previously leasing in the area around the Whenuapai Air Force base.
Phil says the housing at Whenuapai, including the new 49 townhouses, is sufficient to meet NZDF’s current needs however the actual number required at Whenuapai will be reviewed again in the future at some stage.

NZDF gets new digs at Whenuapai
The homes are part of a regeneration project, which over the next two decades will see a renewal of NZDF camps and bases.

 
Phil says that the RNZAF Base Auckland is a significant feature in the area, and having military personnel living outside of the base in the local community will add to that.
The homes are part of a regeneration project, which over the next two decades will see a renewal of New Zealand Defence Force camps and bases allowing for more efficient and effective operation.
While the footprint of camps and bases will remain the same they will be modernised, says Phil.
NZDF gets new digs at Whenuapai
NZDF has leased 49 new properties at the Whenuapai development.

 
“We have a first-class New Zealand Defence Force, and to be the best we can be we need the right tools for the job – and that includes our infrastructure buildings and facilities,” says Phil.
Safety improvements will feature early on and then the diggers will start on larger projects toupgrade camps and bases so that the NZDF will offer modern, fi t for purpose facilities to help it fulfill its military roles.
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