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Upgrade of Wellington’s social housing – peaking at $1m per week

Media release from Wellington City Council
The $400 million, 20-year project to upgrade the Wellington City Council’s social housing stock is now running at full pace after starting quietly almost three years ago.

Now almost $1 million is being spent a week on design and construction and work has started at Newtown Park Flats – the biggest of the Council’s 40 housing sites around the city – where $32 million will be spent over the next two years to transform the 279-unit complex.

The housing upgrade programme (HUP) – jointly funded by the Government and the City Council – aims to give tenants safer, warmer and nicer places to live but the project is also contributing significantly to the local economy in these tough times.

More than $40 million is to be spent in the 2011/12 financial year and an average $30 million spent in the succeeding three years.

The council will be briefing the media today about:
* details of work under way at four sites around the city
* earthquake-strengthening details
* The logistics of shifting tenants to make way for construction
* The Community Action Programme that is running in conjunction with the HUP.

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