Kiwibuild: the good, the vague and the ugly

Labour’s Kiwibuild policy was first announced in 2012, and is now a flagship housing policy of the new Labour-led government. The key points haven’t changed much since 2012, although the detail has been fleshed out a bit since then. Those key points are: The government wants to build or facilitate 100,000 new homes over 10 years At least half the new homes will be in Auckland All Kiwibuild homes will be “affordable” All Kiwibuild homes will be for first home buyers only The good There’s a lot to like about the Kiwibuild program; I like the aspiration behind it, and I like the focus on affordable homes.…
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Auckland’s Untold Growth Story

Today I’m officially launching the New Zealand Local Population Database.  This brings together a huge amount of population data for the first time, showing how different parts of New Zealand have changed over 1891-2013. The database covers all council areas (regions and territorial authorities), as well as 260+ towns and cities (“urban areas”).…
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A love letter to the Kings Arms

Like many people in Auckland’s musical community, I was saddened to hear the Kings Arms being announced as a Special Housing Area in April 2016. It was inevitable the site would be developed for apartments one day – it was too good a location, too underdeveloped as it was, and increasingly struggling with noise issues – but it was still sad for me.…
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