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.

Te Hononga Tangata achieved Universal Design outcomes thanks to the involvement of Lifemark® in the design process of this project three years ago.

Key Universal Design features Lifemark® made sure were included were; wider pathways around the complex, Level entry into homes, Lifts to take people right to the top level of this complex, Level entry showers, and load-bearing shower rails.

Salvation Army New Zealand’s Te Hononga Tangata apartment complex in Royal Oak, Auckland


Kitchen/ living in Te Hononga Tangata

These features enable tenants of all ages, stages, and abilities to live in the units.

One of the 59 tenants living here; is Henry who came down to Auckland from Kaitaia to move into a new home.

Henry had a stroke that affected one side of his body and with that his mobility. So, he needed new accommodation that best suited his mobility needs.

He felt ‘grateful and blessed’ that the Salvation Army could now provide him with this!

Henry says the Level entry shower is life changing as he can “just walk in his robe to his new bathroom, not having to worry about stepping over a shower over bath scenario”

The load-bearing shower rail is great for Henry too. With one arm stroke impaired he can grab onto the rail, while he uses the shower head with his other hand! “No worries about slipping over”, he says.

Even better he can’t “pull the shower rail out with its solid fixings!” This is due to the load-bearing shower rail being installed with nogging for wall reinforcement as recommended by Lifemark®.

A load-bearing shower rail in Henrys wet area

A bedroom at Te Hononga Tangata

Henry also benefits from pathways that were designed with Lifemark® to be wide enough for ease of movement. These allow him to easily drive his mobility scooter around.

Henry driving his mobility scooter around the wide non-sloping pathway

Lifemark® made sure lifts were installed in all multi-story buildings at Te Hononga Tangata 


It is amazing to see the impact these Universal Design features have on people’s lives. Henry ‘loves’ his new home and the “independence” it now gives him.

Great work Salvation Army New Zealand implementing Lifemark®’s design standards so tenants of all ages, stages and abilities can live independently and safely in these new homes!

If Henry’s smile is anything to go by, the tenants at Te Hononga Tangata must be pretty happy with their Universally Designed homes! 😊



For more on the Te Hononga Tangata watch this video on YouTube ⬇️


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