First-home buyer


PHOTO: STUFF Julie and Andrew Tasipale have secured the Kiwi dream of a stable home from which their family can prosper. They’ve been in such a short time, they haven’t had the chance to plant the garden out yet.

Andrew Tasipale​ became a first-home buyer at the age of 50.

The freight company foreman hadn’t imaged such a thing would be possible when he got an eviction notice from Housing New Zealand six years ago despite being a model tenant.

The state housing provider, to which he and his wife Julie were paying market rent, was moving people on so it could redevelop the Tamaki area of Auckland in which the couple lived, bowling old state housing, and replacing it with a far denser mix of private and state housing.