The Government will be building a new Housing New Zealand apartment complex for disadvantaged families in west Auckland.
To be built in the Auckland suburb of Waterview, the complex will house 121 apartments with 24 three-bedroom units, 63 two-bedroom units and 34 one-bedroom units.
The land at 1550 Great North Rd was set aside for state housing in April and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says it's a great use of under-utilised land.
"The existing 20-unit HNZ complex at the site is coming to the end of its life but the site is large and in a great location. It is close to public transport, schools and parks."
Housing Minister Nick Smith says the build is possible thanks to a combination of different Government housing initiatives.
"The site is a Special Housing Area, enabling fast-tracked development approval, it is part of the Crown Land Housing Programme and is also being financially supported by the significant additional investment in social housing," he says.
"Step by step, development by development, we are resolving Auckland's housing challenges as evidenced by the record level of residential construction work and the number of new houses in the pipeline for the city."
Ms Bennet says more than 3000 social houses nationwide are expected to be delivered over the next three years, through HNZ and community housing providers.
Twenty HNZ houses on the adjacent site will be knocked down to make way for the new apartments, all of which will be dedicated to social housing.
It's around a $50 million investment.