A careful approach to find the right partners with similar core values has been the focus for the year.
We are pleased to have developed robust relationships to help us navigate through the many challenges within the construction sector. As part of the journey, we have facilitated various employment opportunities with our partners as they arise. We are very proud that 120+ business partners working at Waingākau, of which 86% are Māori. We continue to look for opportunities to support Māori business and individuals as the Project progresses.
Downer NZ were appointed to build the roading infrastructure, helping to unlock 76 more lots on the site. Works started with Karakia in late April 2021 and are being completed in two stages, with the total civils project completed by March 2022.
Mike Paku, Chair of WHDL says “this continues to develop our aspirations of our whānau accessing warm, dry, healthy and efficient homes.”
Downers Regional Manager, Darrin Davies says “We look forward to a strong and collaborative relationship to ensure that together we engage and deliver to the community of Flaxmere, by offering employment opportunities within our team and to develop key individuals to start their journey on being leaders through the Downer Te Ara Whanake Māori Leadership Programme.”
Waingākau is thankful for funding support for this project from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, managed by the Provincial Development Unit. The success in securing the funding for the project is the result of collaboration with Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, MBIE and Hastings District Council.
Whilst we have built a strong, robust Building Team, we are also looking to add resilience into our labour supply chain. If you think your business will add value and align with our core values, then please click here.