Housing

NZ gives $4m for Lautoka housing project

The New Zealand government will provide a further grant of $4.62 million to support stage 3 of the Koroipita Housing Project. The Rotahomes Project was initiated by the Rotary Club of Lautoka in 1985 to help impoverished families in the western division by providing cyclone safe houses . A total of 951 houses has been […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 28, 2016 7:01 am

The New Zealand government will provide a further grant of $4.62 million to support stage 3 of the Koroipita Housing Project.

Koropita Settelment (NZH)
Koropita Settlement (NHC)

The Rotahomes Project was initiated by the Rotary Club of Lautoka in 1985 to help impoverished families in the western division by providing cyclone safe houses .

A total of 951 houses has been built in the Western division, including 231 at Koroipita. A total of 4300 people has been housed.

The Koroipita Model Community offers more than safe housing and high quality services in a fully developed 50 acre subdivision. The community development programme provides a step-wise pathway to advance the children in particular with support for education, social services, training, employment, and an opportunity .

Bus shelter on the South end visible. (NHC)
Bus shelter on the South end visible. (NHC)

At Koroipita commencing in 2003 , the first 84 homes were built in Stage 1 funded by Rotary clubs in the region , Rotary International and private  donors.

The New Zealand Aid Programme contributed $7.8m in Stage 2 of the project for the construction of 150 homes, along with associated infrastructure services and community facilities.  T

hese physical investments are complemented by a holistic and intensive community development programme, which helps to strengthen the resilience of individuals, families, and the whole community.  

Additional support was provided in Stage 2  from the European Union funding 10 houses and Rotary International  with a grant of $0.5m toward civil works .

Signing of GFA for stage 3 of Koroipita Social Housing project. (NHC)
Signing of GFA for stage 3 of Koroipita Social Housing project. (NHC)

A total of  1910 volunteers have served one to two week terms building houses at Koroipita , in 231 teams, mostly from overseas Rotary  Clubs and Habitat for Humanity, but also  locals  from the tourism sector .   

This model  helps residents to  work with the Koroipita support team to develop life skills, share their diverse cultures, and contribute to income generating schemes. The long term objective is to enable them  to achieve  full integration into the urban community. This is an important model to be able to manage the enormous pressures of urban drift , and in time the mass movement of people due to  climate change .

Stage 3 will see the construction of an additional 25 cyclone safe homes, a light industrial park for small business operations , a plant nursery and gardens plots , a multi-purpose sports court and rugby / soccer  field, and a surge in  community development programmes.

The works will also build on disaster risk resilience and environmental protection with the construction of water management systems for crop production during droughts , fire control systems .  The community waste management system is now so advanced that tour groups visit to learn from it .  

Children residing at Koropita resident. (NHC)
Children residing at Koropita resident.(NHC)

The New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden offered the following thoughts during a ceremony to recognise the continued partnership.

RAMSDEN:”Koroipita is a great example of a model town that provides shelter, community support, food security, and a healthy and safe environment for its residents.”

“It provides critical public services including sustainable housing and education for the benefit of resident families, who are working hard to make progress in spite of their personal challenges.”

Commissioner Ramsden said the family will move into the new house and will benefit from it.

RAMSDEN:”This housing model identifies and builds on personal skills and enables them to advance and move outward and upward into the wider mainstream community for jobs and a life in Lautoka city and beyond. This then creates an opportunity for a new family to move in and benefit . We have seen many success stories and Koroipita now provides a vital community service.”

Residents of Koropita Settelment. (NHC)
Residents of Koropita Settelment. (NHC)

The Model Towns Charitable Trust (MTCT) was formed in 2009, and Trusteeship transferred to the Trust in 2015. The Trust will provide governance oversight of this stage of the project which spans a period of 2 years to July 2018.

At the completion of stage 3, there will be a total of 256 homes at Koroipita and the population will rise to approximately 1,200 people. This is considered a manageable size for the community

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