Mon, 29 Oct 2012 6:05p.m.
Despite a need for affordable housing in Auckland, it seems the current economy means developers can't afford to invest.
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31/10/2012 10:02:49 a.m.
As Blair already pointed out, building a “super city” on a volcano and label the rest sheep country – makes that really sense? You can find good infrastructure with vacant housing, why can’t we utilize these areas in this country? Fisheries manage fish stocks with quota, why not settling immigrants based quotas in areas with housing and encouraging industrial developments with skilled labour force? I have seen new built housing in Napier vacant for more than 6 months.
29/10/2012 8:55:29 p.m.
Why don't people just not live in Auckland, there is more to New Zealand beyond Auckland why not move to other areas of the country. In Invercargill we have lower unemployment and affordable housing here so why not move south. Also perhaps some caps on our immigration stop so many people migrating here this will stop the population rise in cities like Auckland. Also with less immigrants there are more jobs for those born here elimating the need for NZers to move to Aussie.
29/10/2012 7:54:06 p.m.
The problem is mostly the council and to a lessor extent the expensive cost of building (mostly caused by regulation). We don't have to extend into greenfields areas... however they won't let you build a legal flat under your central house (doubling occupancy) build 4 units like the 1970's on a section (but say two story versions), consider terracing if you have a big say 3000m2 site... no its stick to their conservative plan. they want intensification but you can only build one house per 450m2... that isn't intensification. They charge $30k fee to subdivide, $9000 to connect the water, $2000 to connect vector... and that is before they charge $130/hr for their very slow nit picking beaurocrats to look at it. They are so slow that you can build a house quicker than it takes the council to approve it which equals high interest costs. It is cost plus and slow slow slow the whole time. It's easy to bring house prices down however it involves complete reform of auckland council.
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