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Company:Griffiths & Associates
Project:Otangarei Papakainga, Whangarei
This project was undertaken for Otangarie Papak inga, a local Maori social services trust, and involved providing up to six two-bedroomed units to provide transitional housing for whanau in need. This project was the first of its type in Tai Tokerau, and Otangarie Papak inga are planning to undertake more of these projects over the next 12-18 months.
The project’s scope included working with the client and funders, the preparation of business plans, timelines, cash flows, and risk.
Following the approval of the business case, Griffiths & Associates were engaged as Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors reporting to the client’s Chief Executive.
The project sought a design proposal that followed traditional Maori village design principles, being considerations that saw the Resource Consent and Building Consent applications sitting well outside what are deemed to be permitted activities. These aspects, along with the requirement to amalgamate two adjoining sites, were elements that a typical project manager would not be required to deal with; rather, they would be given to a separate consultant to work through.
Additional challenges involved site security in an area that was accessible to the general public and difficult to secure, and having to work within a tight budget with funders who expected work to be completed to an exacting standard.
Project Manager, Kelly Haora overcame the challenges. He also undertook a comprehensive and long-running process of engagement with the Northland District Council, the result of which is the Council provided the necessary consents for Otangarei Papak inga.
Even more impressively, this created opportunities for other Iwi projects to seek consents for projects with similar design principles in Northland. Kelly’s determination was the key to achieving an excellent outcome for his client.