January, 2021A year after the original start date, infrastructure work has begun on
Ngai Tahu Property's Queenstown housing development, Te Pa Tahuna.
NTP general manager Blair Forgie says it has appointed civil
construction company Downer to carry out work on the residential
development on Gorge Rd, on land which was home to Wakatipu High
Mr Forgie said the start of civil works on the site was an "exciting next
step" towards building new homes for Queenstown residents.
The project dates back to October 2018, when the Government
approved the purchase of just over 4ha of Crown land at Fryer St and
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development purchased the site from
the Ministry of Education. NTP is developing the site for affordable
KiwiBuild housing as part of the Land for Housing programme.
The full civil works programme would be completed in several stages,
including minor earthworks and grading of the site, developing
infrastructure which involved laying service pipes and cables, and
building the roads and footpaths to support the development of the
The infrastructure installation followed a demolition phase, completed
by Ryal Bush Transport, before Christmas 2019, which saw 91 percent of
waste diverted from landfill into recycling.
Mr Forgie said at present, Te Pa Tahuna was still in the "design stages"
and the NTP team was placing emphasis on delivering warm and
"Collectively we are working towards building more than 300 new homes
- including more than 105 KiwiBuild homes - and supporting commercial
spaces on the former site of Whakatipu High School.
"The majority of these will be apartments alongside some terraced
homes, which will form the backbone of a modern, master-planned
"These will be across various price points, and a mix of housing types,
providing KiwiBuild and market homes, Mr Forgie said.
Despite the Covid-19-induced delays, the Government still expected the
first first homes to be ready next year, as per its original timeline.
Source: Otago Daily Times
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