Story: Housing and government

First pensioner flats

First pensioner flats

In 1938 the Christchurch City Council was the first municipality (city council) to build purpose-built rental housing for pensioners. The first complex of 16 cottages was built in Barnett Avenue in suburban Sydenham and opened in August. In 2011 the dwellings were still being used to house elderly tenants.

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - Council housing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32438/first-pensioner-flats (accessed 9 August 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012