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A need to Design Homes for the 1 in 4.

Tania and her daughter’s story is one of many in Aotearoa due to the lack of Accessible housing. 👩👧

“We’ve got to think about how we build houses, to meet the needs of 1 in 4 New Zealanders.” Says Geoff in this interview.

With only 5% of our new homes built to be accessible, what do you think we can do as an industry to improve this?

Share your thoughts here…

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Henry’s Home at Te Hononga Tangata

Henry (left) a tenant at the Salvation Army’s Te Hononga Tangata with Lifemark® Social Media Specialist (George Hewitt)

In 2019 the Salvation Army New Zealand opened a new social housing apartment complex in Royal Oak, Auckland.

The 52-unit apartment complex consists of one and two-bedroom apartments. It is called “Te Hononga Tangata” (which means the relationship of people) and was opened on the 8th of November 2019.

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Universal Design in Golden Bay /Mohua Housing Project

Golden Bay, in the Tasman region of New Zealand’s South Island, has a dire shortage of affordable housing to rent or purchase. Just 7% of the current population are able to afford an average house.

Chris Bennett had worked for the World Bank in Tonga where they built just under 400 homes after a cyclone, so he decided to start the ‘Golden Bay/Mohua Affordable Housing Project’ (GBMAHP).

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A smile and an Accessible property, what could be better? 😊

A Lifemark® certified home can be life changing, as it is designed to support the needs and independent living of an occupant. But even better it can put a smile on the face of the person that calls it home!

Eight public housing units in Mt Maunganui built for Accessible Properties recently achieved Lifemark® 4-Star Certifications for Universal Design levels that best support an aging occupant with changing needs.

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Miles Construction: On incorporating cost neutral Universal Design into new builds.


Miles Construction Limited are a New Zealand owned company with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offering build, design, renovation/extension and project management services nationwide. From small to multi-million-dollar projects, be it commercial or residential.

Mark Farrell, General Manager, believes “New Zealand needs homes that meet Lifemark®’s Universal Design standards and enable all people to live comfortably.

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5 Out of 5 for Bruce Terrace in Akaroa 🏠

Five social housing units in Akaroa have just achieved Lifemark 5-Star Certification. This complex comprises of five Social Housing units, including four one bedroom units and one two bedroom unit that were specifically designed for its tenants. We worked with Christchurch City Council and Watts and Hughes. It was great to hear both their perspectives [...]

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Papaioea “Look, how beautiful it is”

Palmerston North City Council has recently completed a development in Papaioea. Papaioea was the original name given to Palmerston North by early Maori, meaning “How beautiful it is.” This was in reference to the location of the settlement next to the Manawatu River.  It is now the name of a suburb in Palmerston North. Here you can find a new Social Housing development that really does demonstrate this beauty – Papaioea Place.

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The High Street Cohousing Project from Urban Cohousing

The High Street Cohousing Project, from Urban Cohousing Otepoti Ltd, plans to create an inter-generational cohousing neighbourhood in Dunedin. It is designed to provide a sustainable and social alternative to the traditional NZ subdivision.

40% of homes within the community will be designed to a 4-Star Lifemark™ rating. Why? because the company see the importance of creating homes which are suitable for all stages of life.

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Accessible Bathrooms by Goman

Accessible bathrooms

For years, elderly people and disables have lost their right to normality. They have been constrained to use objects and environments which are visibly “different” from others. Therefore, accessible bathrooms are essential.

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