The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, Unitec Council members and Ngāti Whātua representatives were among those who attended a pōhiri yesterday at Unitec’s Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae to announce the sale of 29 hectares of surplus Unitec land to the Crown. The land has been earmarked for the Government’s KiwiBuild programme with the intention of building 3,000-4,000 homes.
Minister Twyford said that the sale represented an opportunity to build a whole new community around Unitec, and help address Auckland’s housing crisis.
“We want to create a place for people to put down roots and to live, work, learn and play, for generations to come”, he said in a press release issued yesterday.
In her welcome at yesterday’s pōhiri, Council chairman Dr Lee Mathias said, “We have enjoyed this stunning campus for 30 years and it will be fantastic to open the space up to others who will make it their home, grow businesses, and create a community. All proceeds of this sale will support the delivery of our teaching and learning programmes.”
Unitec Interim Chief Executive Alastair Carruthers also acknowledged how the sale will enable Unitec to invest more money into its learning facilities to continue to improve the experience for its students.