Kiwibuild Reset

Kiwibuild 2.0

Thankfully the government has abandoned the unachievable house build target that was becoming a milestone around its neck.  Kiwibuild 2.0 is born.

Even though the government promised it would slash immigration numbers, we are still importing circa 50,000 people per year who need about 17,000 houses.  We can hardly keep up with that demand let along the now broken promise of 100,000 new homes over 10 years from the government.

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Responding to climate change – the tide and time wait for no one

This article was originally posted in ‘The Hobson” magazine.

Climate change at your doorstep

If I mention climate change most of you will just turn the page.  It was first coined “global warming”, led by the hippies and then the United Nations and the Paris agreement which aims to bring all nations together to “undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change.”  We have either become immune or switched off because in reality – the sun comes up, it rains, there are storms and life goes on without much change.  That is until by a slow creep and a change in Government and Council policy if directly affects us.

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My first house – Guest article

When it comes to buying first home, I have big aspirations and dreams. I want a house with garden where I can have a cup of tea and toast sitting on outdoor sofa. A house where my future kids can play freely and get enough space for their activities. A place where I can host parties and don’t have to think twice for inviting 5 or more people to my home. Have a garden where I can plant trees and vegetables. A place where I can be comfortable, watch my family grow, unwind after a busy day at work which I would be able to call as my place of zen.

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Dirty job – We have the man for you

I live next door to a man not given to much excitement.  He is a long time Parnell resident and a senior civil engineer with over 40 years of experience.  He talks stormwater and drains and huffs and puffs when Council do not empty the stormwater catchpits that hug the curbs of our urban roads.

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Viva the Unitary Plan – Bugger off Phil Twyford

You all know the Unitary Plan was transformation and it responded to a real need – a lack of available land and housing supply.  It did this not by the Hamilton method of development – that is sprawl as far as the eye can see but by strategically going up and deleting the density controls in the three main residential zones, thus creating more land or more houses/Ha.

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The City Centre GFA rules – What exactly is the point

OPINION

While the team at MHG generally agrees that the Unitary Plan represents a significant improvement on the previous planning regimes in Auckland, there is one rule in particular that I can’t for the life of me understand why we kept. This being the gross floor area (GFA) controls in the City Centre.

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The reasons why new houses cost so much

A new report focusing on the cost of new residential developments, commissioned by Fetcher Building, has some surprising findings.

“Residential land is the largest cost contributor to new housing development and the cost is highly variable between New Zealand and Australian cities”.

 

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First Home Buyers – the time is now! ….ish

At least that’s the rhetoric I’m hearing now. It’s probably because sales are getting slower in the suburbs first home buyers cannot afford. The average house price in Mt Albert, Royal Oak and Long Bay have declined the most out of all suburbs in Auckland in the last six months. And yet in suburbs like Takapuna and Onehunga, the average price is increasing. This is probably to do with a general increase in dwellings on the market in these areas. But it does show that homes are still being sold. And given the plethora of grants available to First Home Buyers it’s no wonder some suburbs are still hot despite the Auckland housing marketing hitting an 11 year low. With initiatives like the Welcome Home Loan and Home Start Grants, houses are there for the taking.

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Who are we ‘planning’ for?

Over the last two years I have given an Unitary Plan presentation in almost every nook of the Auckland region. The presentation sets out the changes to that have occurred to our planning system. Ultimately, I outline what may occur on sites and suburbs. There is often a collective gasp when I tell them that some neighbourhoods may have triple the number of dwellings. The crowds are often very uneasy that five level apartment buildings may go up around town centres without required parking. Read more

10 thoughts on KiwiBuild from a potential ballot winner

We’ve gone from the quarter acre dream to the quarter house dream. And I’m not complaining. I know and accept that the quarter acre dream is a thing of the past, at least in Auckland. I’m okay with this. If I had an 80m2 shoe box with a bedroom, kitchen, lounge, bathroom, a car pad and maybe even a little front yard to eat my smashed avo on toast, I would be the happiest person in Auckland. And maybe with the help of KiwiBuild, probably one of the luckiest.

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