Te Puna Wai is a proud kaupapa created by Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika, and provides uri of Taranaki Whānui housing opportunities that cater for first home buyers, downsizers, upsizers, those needing assistance to get onto the property ladder as well as (11) Kaumātua units available as social rentals.
All of the 19 homes that were on offer have been sold/under offer to uri. The Trust is now in its' final stages of completing the Kaumātua Units. The Trust is working with Ministry for Social Development and a Community Housing Provider on the application process and will be communitcating with all of our members via Te Kawekawea once detail has been confirmed.
Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika are working in partnership with Let’s Get Wellington Moving to help shape the future of Wellington. Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a $6.4 billion multi-decade programme for Wellington’s transport and urban development future, and a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Wellington.
The 20-year programme includes mass rapid transit connecting the central city with Newtown and the eastern suburbs, walking and cycling improvements, investment in a smarter transport network, and strategic highway improvements including at the Basin Reserve and the Mt Victoria Tunnel. At its heart, the programme seeks to move more people with fewer vehicles. Let’s Get Wellington Moving is a is a joint initiative between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira have recently joined the Governance of the programme and are now helping the programme at an operational level to ensure that mana whenua perspectives are appropriately considered.
The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust representatives working with Let’s Get Wellington Moving are:
• Kirsty Tamanui – Governance Reference Group representative
• Peter Jackson – Operational representative
• Ihaia Puketapu – Operational representative
• Pekaira Rei – Operational representative
Let’s Get Wellington Moving is significant and long-term project for the capital, and this is the start of an ongoing kōrero. Taranaki Whānui representatives are currently part of initial discussions with the Let’s Get Wellington Moving team, with the wider iwi membership to be asked about what they think of proposals early next year.