Six thousand new homes will be brought into the Auckland
housing market under the Auckland Housing Accord, it was
Mayor Len Brown and Housing Minister Nick Smith today
announced the first batch of Special Housing Areas that will
progressively bring the 6000 new homes to market across the
Areas that will see development are located across the city,
including Orakei, Pukekohe, Papakura, East Tamaki, West
Harbour and Kumeu.
"Land supply is the most critical issue we must address to
improve housing supply and affordability in Auckland," said
"This first batch of special housing areas will bring 6000
sections onto the market and is a significant step towards
the Auckland Housing Accord's target of consenting for 39,000
new homes over three years."
The special housing areas have been provisionally approved by
Cabinet, and are expected to be formally approved by the end
of the month.
"There will be requirements across the special housing areas
for a proportion of the completed homes to be in the more
affordable range," said Dr Smith.
"This will vary from 100 per cent in some areas like
Weymouth, to a smaller proportion in others."
He said the projects represent the "start of getting real
momentum into Auckland's residential construction" market.
"Alongside freeing up land supply, we need to constrain the
impact of development contributions on section prices, get
better value for building materials, make efficiency
improvements in building consents, and improve productivity
in the construction industry," he said.
"The Government is also helping Auckland home buyers by
expanding the Welcome Home Loans and KiwiSaver First Home
Deposit Subsidy schemes."
Dr Smith said he expects more special housing areas to be
approved by Christmas.
Mr Brown said the designated areas will help boost the
building of affordable homes across the city.
"We will be setting affordability criteria of up to 10 per
cent minimum for each of the SHAs announced today, but I'm
actively encouraging developers to deliver even more than
that where possible,'' he said.
The minimum threshold will vary between areas, with some less
than 10 per cent. Affordable homes are defined as less than
75 per cent of the median house price for Auckland region.
Mr Brown said while the housing accord isn't enough to solve
Auckland's housing problem, it "provides an opportunity to
bring forward projects that may have otherwise sat on the
backburner _ and in particular to secure more affordable
homes for Auckland families''.
"Today is just the start and I'm very encouraged by early
discussions with developers,'' he said.
However, the plans have been met with derision by the
opposition, with Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford
branding them "McMansions'' and unaffordable.
He said the Government's announcement "offers little hope for
first home buyers, but developers will be laughing all the
way to the bank''.
"What we are likely to see is row upon row of McMansions,''
he said. ``First home buyers and middle income families have
been thrown a few crumbs as only up to 10 per cent of the
promised 6000 homes will be in the affordable range.
"Currently five per cent of new builds are classed as
affordable, so this will make little difference.''
Mr Twyford criticised the
special housing areas as a "token gesture", saying they will
do "nothing to address the underlying factors that make new
homes so expensive''.
His comments were echoed by Green Party co-leader Metiria
Turei, who said the announcement was a ``huge disappointment
for young families''.
"We have a serious shortage of affordable housing in Auckland
and National has just passed up an opportunity to help fix
it,'' she said.
"Building as few as 600 affordable houses over three years in
these special housing areas will do nothing to help the tens
of thousands of young Kiwi families looking for a
The 10 special housing areas are:
Addison, Papakura, 500 homes, 32 hectares
Alexander Crescent, East Tamaki, 148 homes, 8.1 hectares
Anselmi Ridge, Pukekohe, 64 homes, 6.8 hectares
Flat Bush Murphys Road, East Tamaki, 275 homes, 37.8 hectares
Flat Bush School Road, East Tamaki, 300 homes, 7 hectares
Hobsonville Catalina Precinct and Marine Industry precinct,
1200 homes, 28.2 hectares
Huapai Triangle, Kumeu, 2000 homes, 65.1 hectares
McWhirter Block, West Harbour, 166 homes, 10.1 hectares
Orakei, Auckland City, 75 homes, 0.8 hectares
Wesley College, Pukekohe, 1000 homes, 277.7 hectares
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