Twenty-two rental homes have been made available to needy families in South Auckland.

The houses, located in Mangere, were opened by Housing Minister Nick Smith and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga this morning, as part of the Government's community housing programme.

"These new homes will hugely enhance the quality of life and future prospects for the 100 expected new residents," Dr Smith said.

Mr Lotu-Iiga said the development was targeted at Pacific families.


"Our households are often larger and so we need bigger houses. Those houses tend to be more expensive and so it's good to see that this project will be providing homes at an affordable cost for those families who really need it."