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New Chinese container-style Kāinga Ora apartments surprise Sandringham locals – NZ Herald 28 May 2024

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Locals in Sandringham are shocked by the installation of new Kāinga Ora public housing units that resemble shipping containers, with six apartments craned into place in just one day. Critics argue these prefabricated units, imported from China by Ecotech, detract from the neighbourhood’s character and reflect a broader trend towards cost-saving measures at the expense of aesthetics.

Kāinga Ora defends the project by saying the benefits of offsite manufacturing reduce costs and construction time. However, the community remains divided, questioning the suitability and impact of such developments on local housing standards.

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Image: EcoTech production facility

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