Castle Place

Castle Place Housing was developed in 2001 as a joint initiative between Te Whare Mahana Trust and the Golden Bay Community Workers. The aim is to provide secure, affordable accommodation for those people with mental health and/or social issues whose housing needs have proven difficult to meet. Castle Place is also available for emergency housing or respite.

Castle Place has five, single-bedroom flats available for rent. Housing New Zealand owns these properties which Te Whare Mahana Trust administers. A separate Management Committee consisting of TWM staff and Golden Bay Community Workers, plus a representative from the wider community is responsible for assigning tenancies, collecting rents and generally ensuring the properties are maintained. The Castle Place Management Team also determines the eligibility of applicants and reserves the right to prioritize applications received.

Criteria for Application

Before an application can be considered the following criteria need to be met:

  • To have an identified housing need
  • To be able to live independently
  • To be able to relate positively with others in the same complex or house
  • To be able to manage household responsibilities

Applications are prioritized on the basis of:

  • Urgency of housing need – are there any alternatives?
  • Is the applicant residing in or from Golden Bay?
  • Has the applicant been waiting for housing for long?
  • Is there a potential for reducing support needs if applicant is successful?
  • Have compatibility and gender issues been considered?
  • Have referees been contacted?

Referrals can be made for emergency housing or respite through the Golden Bay Community Workers, Women’s Refuge, the Police or CMH. The individual pays rent directly to TWM with a maximum tenancy period of one week, and subject to availability.

Who was Ann Castle?

Castle Place is named after Ann Castle (1926-1999), a founder member of the Te Whare Mahana Trust and Chairperson of its advisory Board for five years. Originally a nurse, then a teacher, she moved to Golden Bay in 1980 and became well respected for involvement in social and health issues, strongly supporting many causes as a GB Community Board member.