Shared vision for advancing Tamaki

15 MAY, 2019 | Tāmaki News
Scott Morgan

Years of experience will help HLC’s Caroline McDowall drive successful housing developments in Tāmaki.
Tāmaki’s housing development is being driven by some of the industry’s leading experts in large-scale housing ventures, including HLC’s Caroline McDowall, the new Tāmaki project director. HLC is the company behind successful developments like Hobsonville Point, where Caroline also works as a project director.
Recently, HLC was brought on board to work with Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) and developers to start building new homes in the area.
Caroline’s extensive background in the public and private sectors across banking, finance and social housing, provides the perfect skillset for driving housing development in Tāmaki.
She says she is enjoying the integrated approach of working with the team at TRC.
“Tāmaki Regeneration Company holds the keys on the area’s masterplan, which influences how it will look moving forward. For us, it’s all about us delivering on TRC’s vision for the community,” Caroline says.
As part of this approach, TRC retains responsibility for how building will progress, rehousing eligible tenants, social and economic regeneration and community engagement. HLC will now hold the responsibility of getting the homes built.
“TRC are the experts on the overall vision for moving Tāmaki forward. Whatever we do together, it’s very much integrated,” she says.
The plan for Tāmaki is to replace 2500 old state homes in Glen Innes, Panmure and Pt England with a mix of 7500 private and state homes over the next 20 years.
That includes finding new homes for eligible Tāmaki Housing Association (THA) tenants living in older properties so they can stay in the area – a promise made under the Tāmaki Commitment.
The project provides some unique challenges, Caroline says. “It’s property development, but we have to apply a state housing lens to achieve the best urban regeneration outcomes. It’s about traversing the privatepublic sector space. You need to understand both worlds to get things done.”
Redeveloping an existing builtup area also means there is consideration towards upgrading old infrastructure to support the new, modern homes and the increased density in the area.
For Tāmaki residents, this means the potential of the area continues to be realised, and there’s a lot to be excited about as the work progresses.
“There’s enormous opportunity in Tāmaki with its proximity to the CBD and thriving community. Already you can see the extent of the construction underway; plenty is happening and there’s a lot more to come.”
HLC wants to build on the great work Tāmaki Regeneration has already done in the community space, Caroline adds. “We want to get people into warmer, drier homes but make sure to respect the existing community.”
Communicating all these changes has been one of the most important parts of this journey, and Caroline says that she’s impressed with the ongoing engagement with tenants and private residents from TRC’s Neighbourhood Liaison Team, working in conjunction with HLC. 
“We’ve got to point to what’s happening well in advance and minimise the impact on the existing community in as caring a way as possible,” she says. The small and agile team at TRC have also achieved some excellent social outcomes in the community, Caroline adds. Social programmes including the Jobs & Skills Hub in Glen Innes and Te Ara Hou, which provides support for sole parents, are some of the really interesting programmes providing social regeneration in the area. Caroline thinks there is potential for similar ideas to carry across to other HLC projects in areas like Māngere, Mt Roskill, Oranga and Northcote, and in Porirua, Wellington. 
“The work that Tāmaki Regeneration does in the social outcome space is fantastic. We’re keen to leverage off that success and explore what might work in other communities too.”