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Council flats: Wellington, 1965 (2nd of 3)

Council flats: Wellington, 1965

The aim of council flats was to house elderly and single people. Some of these people had been displaced by urban-renewal projects such as urban motorways and the demolition of housing that had been deemed slums. It was thought that these groups would be more amenable to medium-density living than families with children. Later, a shortage of accommodation meant some families were also housed in flats. These are the Hanson Street flats in the Wellington suburb of Newtown in 1965, soon after their completion.

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - Council housing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012