'Auckland approach' needed to solve housing crisis
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 9:38a.m.
The political debate over housing affordability shows no sign of letting up, with much of the talk centred on the cost of home ownership in Auckland.
Speaking to Firstline this morning Auckland mayor Len Brown says over the last year there has been a 21 percent increase in the house building sector, with around 4500 new houses being built each year, but that is a number Mr Brown concedes needs to rise to around 10,000 to meet the city’s needs.
“The way the increase has been going at the moment, and the market is hot, then I expect it will be up to the sort of average of 10,000 over the next six to nine months,” says Mr Brown.
The mayor says he endorses an “Auckland approach” to solving the housing crises, rather than Labour’s initiative for the Government to step in and start building homes, or the National proposal to free up land and remove the red tape around building.
“We’ve consulted with our community over the last two years and we have the Auckland plan which is delivering a quality compact city,” says Mr Brown.
“This is about building up as well as building out.”
Mr Brown says the priority must be on medium to low-level apartment development.
“[There are] young couples who want to get their first home, so they go into an apartment – a one, two or three- bedroom [apartment] – and elderly who are looking for a retirement home.”
Mr Brown says before discussion about building a house for $300,000 – as Labour has suggested can be done – takes place, it is necessary to define exactly what a house is.
“For some, their house is a one or two-bedroom apartment, for others it’s a four or five-bedroom mansion. It really depends on what your definition is. If you’re talking stand-alone house then you’ll be struggling to get one under $300,000, if you talk to the housing foundation they have got one or two options around that price range, but [it’s] not one or two-bedrooms stand-alone, it’s a challenge to find it in that sort of price range in Auckland now.”
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5/02/2013 8:47:34 a.m.
Sale Faletolu wrote:
What exactly are we discussing here? Do you consider the cost of renting which was too high in the south auckland region? The houses are running down but the cost still increasiing year by year. At the end of the day the richers get rich while poorers still in debts. Hello look at what you're discussing whether it suits our needs.
5/02/2013 1:01:56 a.m.
People in NZ need to start getting used to living in an apartment. It's nothing wrong with living in an apartment, millions of people around the world do it including myself and it's great. There are a lot of immigrants in NZ especially who would be more than happy to live in an apartment because they have lived in one most of their lives.
4/02/2013 11:50:47 p.m.
thats right build more homes that will just be snapped up by overseas investors. Until we have a stoppage of overseas investors buying up NZ from under our stupid noses we are going to keep the problem that we have now
4/02/2013 10:25:54 p.m.
Why should my Tax dollars be wasted on building houses in Auckland? Let Aucklanders pay for there own Stuff. If the goverment were thinking of building 10,000 homes in Invercargill can you imagine the uproar in Auckland? all crying cause they gotta pay for someone else?
4/02/2013 9:14:00 p.m.
National are stuck on the stupid train and just like Novopay they can't work out how to get off before a disaster happens....(cos more than likely,its was idiot proofed.
4/02/2013 12:55:40 p.m.
There will be plenty of cheap housing when the Chinese economy goes into free fall. Chinese buyers just dont realise what lemons they are buying, no body will be renting them. The rates will be crippling.
Unless wages go up, all this talk about affordability is just pipe dreams. John Key has said he wants a casualised workforce, Banks wont provide housing loans to casual workers you idiots.
4/02/2013 12:21:28 p.m.
I have an idea which may solve the housing predicament. Let us form a new Government department and call it State Advances, then we get rid of the solo mum benefit and bring in family benefit which can be capitalised on to purchase the State home you live in being built by the new department and is paid off weekly by deducting a fair rent from the benefit. This comes off the price of the house which in 30 years you will own. What do you mean this has been done before and put thousands of Kiwis in their own homes?
4/02/2013 11:40:18 a.m.
Yes it's a must for Auckland city to go up and it was and will be the City Councils plan to do just that. This easily adds a greater catchment of rate payers per square meter of land and air space but I'd like to see the Auckland Council be open and honest with actual costs involved with living within the inner city, the rates and projected rates within the inner city, appartment body corp fees, how much is leased land, etc, etc and the biggie - if there is any water leaks who pays. The council needs to be very clear with so many ways to be caught out by actual costs and legally. The council also needs to work with not only residential developers but also commercial/retail developers so the "Outward Sprawl" is developed equally combining residential and workplace opportunities thus not just congesting both the roads and public transport system. It's not a 5 minute fix but something that needs to addressed quickly and professionally and most importantly not leave the rate or tax payer at all liable.
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