Hawera State house.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Many of the windows were smashed out when McGarvey bought the property in 2018.

A mouldy state house the Government sold for $38,000 due to extensive damage has become a sought after foot in the door for one woman.  

A house in A’Court street, Hawera, was the cheapest state house sale in the country for the past financial year, information provided under the Official Information Act revealed. 

Kāinga Ora decided to sell off the 120 square metre house because it was “uneconomical to remediate”, Deputy Chief Executive for Construction and Innovation, Patrick Dougherty, said.

But Bronwyn McGarvey is now the proud owner of the three bedroom brick and tile house, which she calls “both a blessing and a curse”.


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