The Prime Minister has taken to social media to share a heartwarming message addressed to "Ms Jacinda" from one of the youngest residents of the first batch of Kiwibuild homes.

Today was a milestone for the Labour-led Government as the first 18 KiwiBuild families were welcomed into their new homes in Papakura.

While there was much pomp made of the day, including a street party, Jacinda Ardern seemed most taken with a colourful message signed by "Vince", alongside a drawing of his new home.

"Thank you MS Jacinda for making our dream come true!" the note read.


Ardern shared the card on her Instagram with the post:

"Today I met the families who will be moving into our very first Kiwibuild homes.

"If that wasn't significant enough, one of the youngest residents presented me with this. It's going straight to the pool room."

First KiwiBuild families welcomed by PM Jacinda Ardern at Papakura launch

At the moving in ceremony, Ardern presented each of the first 18 KiwiBuild owners a mandarin tree, a Chinese symbol of abundance and happiness.

Today's welcome was full of symbolism for Labour, which celebrated one year in Government yesterday and five years since Twyford conceived KiwiBuild to deliver 100,000 affordable homes in 10 years.

"If I can hark back to some Labour tradition," said Ardern, going on to remember the "great father of the Labour Party" Michael Joseph Savage and Norman Kirk, who had one of her favourite sayings: "All one really needs is something to do, somewhere to live, someone to love and something to hope for."

Twyford was all smiles to realise Labour's flagship housing policy and see the first KiwiBuild dreams come true.


"Years ago, KiwiBuild was just an idea, but you all here today are making it a reality," he told the large crowd of locals, MPs, Housing New Zealand staff and builders who showed up for a street party that included a sausage sizzle and Dave Dobbyn singing the Kiwi anthem Welcome Home.

In the middle of the moment were a young couple, Derryn Jayne and Fletcher Ross, the proud owners of a new four-bedroom KiwiBuild home on Regiment Way costing $649,000.

"It feels amazing, it feels like we have won the Lotto," said Jayne, who at 25 and about to graduate as a doctor, was thrilled at winning a ballot for one of the first 18 KiwiBuild homes at McLennan Park.

Jayne and her 24-year-old partner Ross, an online marketer, were on the verge of giving up hope of getting on the property ladder in Auckland before "getting lucky" with KiwiBuild.

"Not many people can say their first home is a brand new one," said 24-year-old Ross, whose home, smelling of fresh paint and carpet, was opened to inspection by the media and photos with the Prime Minister.

In about four weeks, the couple plan to move into the single-storey house with a north-facing backyard to plant the mandarin tree.

By Christmas, Twyford promised 12 more KiwiBuild homes at McLennan Park on former Papakura Army Camp land and another 58 mainly three-bedroom homes next year.

Twyford was confident the Government will reach a target of 1000 KiwiBuild homes by July next year, followed by 5000 and 10,000 in the following two years.

In response to recent concerns by social agencies that KiwiBuild is perpetuating housing unaffordability and intergenerational problems, Ardern said the Government was focused on housing for everyone - people who are renters, in need of a state house and those looking for a first home.

Those in the middle deserve access to the housing market, they have been locked out and that is what KiwiBuild is all about, she said.

"It is not about one group. It is about making sure every New Zealander, no matter what their income is or their circumstances, there is access to a decent, warm, dry home."