Huge Housing Development at Unitec announced

Yesterday, inside the stunning wharenui of the Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae at Unitec, the government announced it was purchasing 29 hectares of land from Unitec for a huge housing development as part of their Kiwibuild policy. The Government has announced the first major development under its ambitious KiwiBuild programme with the purchase of 29 hectares of land for thousands of houses in Auckland.…
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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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Zoning politics for the many, not the few

This is a guest post from reader Brendon Harré. It was originally posted on his Medium blog. Part one: The background picture Housing exists in a framework of rules and infrastructure provision. Increasingly around the world this framework is being challenged, as the perception has developed that urban development frameworks are only benefiting the few and are detrimental to both the poor and the middle class.…
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