By the early 2000s many state houses were reaching the end of their expected life span (50 years). The government initiated housing renewal schemes where areas of older housing were either demolished and replaced with new stock, or renovated to meet modern requirements. Among those benefiting from this process were the Sifa family of Tāmaki, Auckland. In 2010 their state house received a new bathroom, kitchen, carpets and a lick of paint. It was also insulated and equipped with thermal drapes to keep out winter chills. The family – Lolomau, Nuianetta and their son Tevita – are shown on their new deck following the renovation's completion. They were thrilled to be back in their 'new' home.
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