Strong future neighbourhood community celebrated

The Wellington Company and Te Tumu Kāinga today celebrated the upcoming construction of Paetutu: a high quality, affordable new neighbourhood development of 56 homes at 429 Jackson Street, Petone.

Kura Moeahu and Holden Hohaia of Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) provided a blessing of the site and karakia. Gumboots were then donned – with Mayor Ray Wallace, Te Tumu Kāinga General Manager Declan Millin and Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust Chair Wayne Mulligan turning the first sod of dirt, ahead of site construction officially starting in late April. The Wellington Company’s Ian Cassels was unable to attend due to a family bereavement.

For Ian Cassels of The Wellington Company, the fact that Paetutu has been met with outstanding sales popularity shows the market is ready for medium density suburban living. Cassels comments: “Paetutu was designed for neighbourhood living thriving on interaction, supported by intelligent design within a master-planned environment”. Cassels also notes the importance of strong and trusted relationships in delivering such projects: “Paetutu shows what can be achieved when private sector and community providers work together for a bigger purpose. Together with Te Tumu Kāinga, in Paetutu we’ve created a medium density model for affordable homes with excellent thermal performance and resultant health benefits. 

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