Chairman's Progress Report - September

Acting Chairman’s Report

Resource Consent 80 Waiheke Rd
The consent is nearly ready for approval with Trustees being sent a set of approval conditions for review. Council has not concerns with the 3 dwellings on the site but have made a covenant of the forest below the house one of the conditions. Although this is unusual for a residential consent on Waiheke Rd, trustees have agreed to the condition since the property is original native forest bordering the Forest and Bird reserve which we wish to protect anyway.

Building Consent 80 Waiheke Rd
The building consent for the property will be divided into two stages with the first stage concerning the drive, parking areas, retaining walls and sub-floor foundations. I am working with council at present on the additional information required and with the architect on platform heights and neighbour’s sign off. Gulf Architects are drafting the working drawings for the building with our kit-set firm Trenz which will make up the second stage of the consent. We are planning for Stage 2 consent approval in early December but expect works to start on the drive prior to that.

Resident Selection
I have met with Amelia Lawley from the Waiheke Budgeting Service over a process for tenant selection. We want to ensure and fair process to finding our residents and to choose people who want the houses long term are committed to the objects of the trust and would like in some way to get involved with the build. We are hoping the for the family downstairs we can support them long term to get a home of their own if that is their goal. The two upstairs apartments are for elderly disabled people and both are accessible. We are planning to promote the opportunities and carry out the selection process early in the new year.

Bayleys Sponsorship
Bayleys Waiheke has generously agreed to sponsor the trust. This is fabulous news and the funds will be used to support development of our projects. A big thank you to Mary Curnow and James Davies for arranging this. James has drafted an agreement which Bayleys is currently reviewing.

Tahi Road Building Site
Our builder Tony Faithful has generously offered to share his property at Tahi Rd with the trust for the purposes of erecting sleep outs and tiny houses including access to power. Trustee Mike Maahs has arranged for a journeyman carpenter volunteer to start preparing the site. We hope to erect a tunnel shelter there in the near future.

Auckland Housing Association
We also wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Auckland Housing Association for our project at Waiheke Rd and in return the trust will support the AHA project with materials and consultancy when required.

Future Projects
We are currently drafting two proposals for an impact investor concerning properties on Erua Road and one other larger property. Both proposals would provide affordable rental homes and tiny houses for Waihekeans.

 We are pleased to report the progress made on Waiheke’s first affordable rental and thank you so much for your support, without which this would not have been possible.

Regards,

Mark Inglis
Acting Chair

Chairman's Progress Report - August

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First Project – 80 Waiheke Rd
As the search for bank funding had become protracted and then unsuccessful, we have turned once again to raising the necessary funds from local investors with the intention that once the
development is completed and operational as a going concern, we seek long-term mortgage finance from the banks. That will free up the investors’ funding secured to date to be applied for future project ventures.

As it happens one of our existing investors, having sold his Waiheke home and moved off the island, approached me asking how much we still needed. After a short discussion he has agreed to another term investment that covers the full amount needed to complete the build. This support and commitment is outstanding and humbling – and obviously hugely appreciated by all the members of the Trust.

Achieving the full funding required for the build has triggered another $25,000 donation the Gift Trust had promised us. This gives us an additional contingency for any cost escalation beyond what we have provided for.

Having obtained a Lifemark assessment of the proposed building design our architect has now
incorporated the minor floor layout adjustments required to improve access and usability for elderly and disabled residents and guests. Other suggested elements will be incorporated into the detailed specification and Building Consent drawings. The Lifemark ratings that the two upper-level units achieve will assist prospective tenants with mobility or other age-related issues to obtain the extra financial or services support they need to live independently.

The Resource Consent process is still ongoing. Notwithstanding that our water services engineers believe they have complied in full with all applicable land use controls, Council has required us to apply for a wastewater discharge consent because although very large the site is steep with a watercourse through it and there is more than one household unit on the site. Auckland Transport, though nominally a branch of Council, effectively acts completely autonomously in its interpretation of the regulations governing our driveway access over and the required car parking within the road reserve. AT has been very rigorous in scrutinising and questioning our proposed design. We believe we have now resolved all issues and that Resource Consent and AT agreement should be forthcoming without further changes.

Next Projects
Having received indications of further financial support from our investors, we are again looking at the feasibility of purchasing an existing rental property with room to add tiny houses on the same site.

We are still seeking a suitable operating base where we can build more sleepouts to order. As well as providing ongoing revenue for the Trust it is hoped they will be used to house permanent residents thus providing existing property owners with some extra income, companionship and home help. We need a dry, lockable space the size of a double garage in a yard accessible by truck, where we won’t disturb neighbours.

We are also planning our next fundraising events for the springtime. We think this should include another Housathon event and would really welcome any other suggestions.
Thank you all again for your support of the Trust to date. We will keep you regularly updated on progress in addressing our island’s serious lack of affordable rental housing for permanent residents.

 


Regards
Paul Carew

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Chairman's Progress Report - July

Charitable Status
We have now been accepted as a registered charity which means that any donations are eligible for tax deduction. This applies to all identifiable donations made to date. Please contact us if you still require a receipt for your donation.

First Project – 80 Waiheke Rd
The Resource Consent process is still ongoing. Council is being very particular about wastewater management and driveway access over the road reserve. We believe we have now resolved all issues and consent should be forthcoming without further changes.
Our request for a further $450,000 in building finance is still proving problematical with the banks. We now have a broker working on our behalf and he is confident of success with some of the smaller banks.
Should that not be successful we will continue to raise the necessary funds from local investors and, once the development is completed and operational as a going concern, seek long-term mortgage finance from the banks. That will free up the investors’ funding secured to date to be applied for future projects.
We have obtained a Lifemark assessment of the proposed building design and are now incorporating the very helpful suggestions to improve access and usability for elderly and disabled residents and guests.

Next Projects
We have decided to hold off on undertaking further property projects until the first project is further advanced.
We are still seeking a suitable operating base where we can build more sleepouts to order. As well as providing ongoing revenue for the Trust it is hoped they will be used to house permanent residents thus providing existing property owners with some extra income, companionship and home help.
We are also planning our next fundraising events for the springtime and would welcome any suggestions.
Thank you all again for your support of the Trust to date. We will keep you regularly updated on progress in addressing our island’s serious lack of affordable rental housing for permanent residents.


Regards
Paul Carew

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CHAIRMAN’S PROGRESS REPORT

Funding
Further to my last report in November the Trust has now attracted a total of $100,000 in donations and also secured a further $470,000 in term loans from local individuals. Once we secure the full funding for the building works at 80 Waiheke Rd we have a further $25,000 donation promised.

First Project – 80 Waiheke Rd
After initial delays around access to our and neighbouring properties the Resource Consent process is now well advanced. We are looking forward to gaining Council approval this month.
Our request for a further $415,000 in building finance is currently under bank consideration. Should that not be successful we will continue to raise the necessary funds from local investors.

Next Projects
We have a conditional agreement to purchase 35 Erua Rd which comprises a 2 bedroom house on a very large section capable of taking 3 tiny houses. If we get bank funding to complete the purchase this represents immediate cash-flow and a simple building project we can undertake over the winter.

We are still seeking an operating base where we can build more sleepouts to order. As well as
providing ongoing revenue for the Trust it is hoped they will be used to house permanent residents thus providing existing property owners with some extra income, companionship and home help.

We are also planning our next fundraising events and would welcome any suggestions.

Thank you all again for your support of the Trust to date. We will keep you regularly updated on progress in addressing our island’s serious lack of affordable rental housing for permanent residents.

Regards
Paul Carew

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Remembering the Housathon - Donate Today

When we first thanked everyone for there massive and impressive effort in raising funds for the Waiheke Community Housing Trust the totals where around $3,000. But when everything had finally trickled in over a number of weeks we made over $6,000.

Not only are there amazing caring people on Waiheke but there is a movement as well, propelling their good deeds to help change the lives of those in need of housing on Waiheke.  Please enjoy a video produced documenting the event, it really is heart warming. 

Waiheke Island renters kicked out to make room for tourists

Watch December 4th's Checkpoint interview with WCHT's own Chairman Paul Carew where he addresses bank's crushing lending policies. This is just one of many contributing factors to the housing crisis on Waiheke Island. A strongly backed community funded approach to housing must be given runway to succeed. 

“Supply isn’t an issue, but affordability is.”
— WCHT Chairman Paul Carew