Marama Fox has ambitious plans to deal with homelessness among the Kiwis’ Māori by using flat-packed prefab housing, Stuff and the Press Reader tell the Daily Business News on MHProNews.
The plan calls for initially 3,000 homes, out of a total goal for 60,000 housing units.
Fox is known as a leader in New Zealand’s Māori Party, which suffered a sharp loss in recent elections there.
Undeterred, she has pressed on with a solution for the Māori people she loves, rather than accept and be stopped by an electoral defeat.
The building cost for conventional housing in their country ranges between $2,000 and $4,000 a square meter, depending on the type of home. Fox said these eco-friendly prefabs she plans would come in about $1,000 a square meter.
That’s about 10.76 square feet per square meter, or some $92.90 per square foot.
As MHProNews readers know, manufactured homes in the U.S. cost only a fraction of what this project will cost.
The video shows a previous prototype for these prefabs, which Fox said would be produced in a new plant in New Zealand.
As regular Daily Business News know, across the waters from NZ in Australia, manufactured homes and manufactured home “estates” are becoming a developing trend. It’s part of a global trend towards factory home building, which is estimated by some to exceed 1.1 million units a year by 2020.
The plans in NZ, Fox said, would be based on Canadian concepts. ## (News.)
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.