Nick Smith makes more…. housing announcements

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Housing Minister Nick Smith announced the new development on New North Road, just 8km from the CBD, on Wednesday after signing an agreement with the Marutuahu Ropu and Ockham Residential Ltd, the first under the Crown and Tamaki Collective Housing Protocol.

Under previous rules the former New Zealand Transport Agency site would have been able to sustain 24 homes, but with Special Housing Area status that figure has more than quadrupled.

Construction on the first homes is set to begin in July with the full 100 expected to be completed by 2019.

The homes will have an average price tag of $537,000.

“The key to more affordable housing close to Auckland city is greater density and smart design,” Dr Smith said.

“Ockham has proven experience in developing innovative, high-quality and affordable housing with a focus on three- and four-level character apartments.”

With developments also under way in Hobsonville, Weymouth, Tamaki, Northcote, McLellan and Moire Road, Dr Smith said the Government was currently involved in building more homes than ever before.

Great news. ?100 families will have a new place to call home. ?Once they stump up half a million dollars.

When?

Not until 2019.

I can’t fault the fact that it’s something. ?But this is simply an initiative that won’t even register when it comes to the backlog of housing in Auckland. ?And by the time it is 2019, those houses will cost $600,000 or more.

I realise the government has a tiger by the tail. ?But making piddly little announcements that don’t realise any kind of solition now, next year or even the year after that is just not smart.

 

– Newshub

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