A construction consortium led by Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Iwi and Downer/Hawkins has formed to deliver social/residential developments at scale, and shall also serve to continue the investment in ‘trades’ training apprenticeships and tertiary support of Māori after the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Kōkiri Construction’ seeks to work collaboratively through alliances with the Crown and others to develop and deliver much-needed projects and jobs.
The proposed alliances come as the Iwi and its existing partner Latham Construction complete the $65m Kāinga Ora development of 120 units at Waterview, continue a KiwiBuild project of 93 homes in Pukekohe, and prepare to engage on a half billion dollar development involving 350 homes and mixed use facilities nestled between Middlemore Hospital and Kings College.
“Māori representation as head developer and contractor is long overdue and Māori must also strive toward a fully integrated presence across the entire supply chain,” Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Chairman James Brown states. Brown adds, “Kōkiri Construction will be a uniquely Māori-led construction consortium focused on building healthy homes and safe communities for whānau, and delivering economic, training and job outcomes for Māori and many New Zealanders.”
Steve Killeen, Downer NZ CEO and Construction Accord member says, "We are really excited for Downer and Hawkins to be part of this, as the people involved all share common objectives and we too understand the opportunity this will provide for Māori."
Leaders from Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Downer/Hawkins and Latham Construction are currently reviewing the range of development challenges confronting our communities, and are enthusiastic to engage with Māori, Iwi, landowners, and education organisations across the country to stimulate and discover ‘local’ solutions.
Tumu Kaimahi (CEO) of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Tama Potaka says, “The right opportunities are those that balance short term housing demands that meet long term whānau needs, and working in partnership to produce better delivery efficiencies, and enable significant long term benefits for Papatūānuku, housing, health, and jobs.”
“This also serves to engage and strengthen Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki whanaungatanga (relationships) with other Iwi, Māori, the Crown, local government and co-investors across the country.”