Guest Post: Co-Housing Part One

This is a guest post by Biddy Livesey who is a housing policy analyst, researcher, and future resident of Cohaus. Part One: Introduction to collective housing development: Cohousing Our cities are changing. The cost of land is increasing, the way we move around is evolving, and our lives are different to the lives our parents and grandparents led.…
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Flashback Saturday – Location Affordability in New Zealand cities

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in July 2014. Several weeks ago I attended the annual New Zealand Association of Economists conference in Auckland. Geoff Cooper, Auckland Council’s Chief Economist, had organised several sessions on urban issues, and as a result there was a lot of excellent discussion of urban issues and Auckland’s housing market.…
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Development update: June 2018

Here on Greater Auckland, we’ve got the sponsored RCG Development Tracker page which shows hundreds of housing projects across Auckland (and NZ): apartments, terraces, retirement villages etc. It also shows big commercial developments and Auckland’s rapid transit network. After a great post from Matt the other week, I’ve updated the Development Tracker with the proposed light rail lines along Dominion Rd and out to the airport, and out to the North West.…
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How to bring Hobsonville into Auckland

This is a guest post from Brendon Harre. It first appeared here. Hobsonville Point has been a great commercial success. It demonstrates that Aucklanders will eagerly choose higher density living if it is master planned to a good quality. The challenge for Auckland is in replicating that success for its existing suburbs that were originally designed for low density autocentric living.…
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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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