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Auckland Council seeking to increase housing available for older people

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Last week the Auckland Council Development Committee amended the Housing Action Plan to allow for increasing the number of housing for older people available in council properties. The decision was passed as follows:

1 a) amend Action 5 of the Housing Action Plan from:

“Enable redevelopment projects on existing Council Housing for the Elderly sites while maintaining at least the existing number of units for older people in the Council property portfolio”

to

“Enable redevelopment projects on existing Council Housing for the Elderly sites while increasing the existing number of units for older people in the Council property portfolio subject to approval from the Finance and Performance Committee as part of the 2016/17 Annual Plan process”.

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NZ house sales and turnover hit records in March, REINZ says

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

 

New Zealand house sale prices broke records across the country in March as Auckland’s strength and the halo effect on surrounding regions continued to improve.

The median national sale price increased 4.2 percent to $495,000 in March from a year earlier, while the number of properties sold was up 8.2 percent at 9,527, the highest number of sales in March since 2007, according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.

“Right across the country regional markets have been strong with a large number of record medians and the strongest sales for nine years for most regions, with the strongest March sales for 11 years in Waikato/Bay of Plenty and 14 years in Central Otago Lakes,” chief executive Colleen Milne said in a statement. “March demonstrates a noticeable surge in sales of higher priced properties, with the number of sales over $1 million increasing by over 90 percent compared to February. This is especially true in Auckland, where one in three properties that sell are valued at more than $1 million – a record 35 percent of the market.”

The median price in Auckland shot to $820,000, past $800,000 for the first time, and up 14 percent from a year earlier. Sales volumes fell 12 percent to 3,230 with the largest declines in Manukau City and Rodney.

“Recent fears of the Auckland market cooling off have been overstated, as median prices across the city have rebounded during March,” Milne said.

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Auckland Council keeping up with demand

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Auckland’s housing boom shows no signs of slowing, with a record 23,220 building consent applications received in the last year, up by 12 per cent.

“Demand for consents has been relentless. The numbers keep on jumping so to manage the constant workflow we’ve brought on board the consents teams from Wellington and Porirua,” says Auckland Council Building Control Processing Manager Doug Naylor.

Mr Naylor has been involved with building consent lodgements for 27 years and believes this is the highest surge of applications he’s seen in that time.

To manage the heavy volume, the consents team has contracted Wellington and Porirua city councils, initially for 12 months, to ensure Aucklanders don’t experience unnecessary delays with their applications.

“The boom has made it difficult to find experienced design and construction specialists the council – and the wider industry – require to meet demand,” says Mr Naylor.

The council has approached the resourcing challenge by making greater use of technology, stepping up training and development programmes and tapping into consent processing capacity in other parts of the nation. The council is currently in negotiations with a number of other potential providers.

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New special housing areas for Auckland great initiative but more needs to be done

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The announcement of 36 new special housing areas (SHAs) in Auckland is a great short term fix but more needs to be done, one of New Zealand’s leading planning consulting experts on SHAs says.

The Property Group’s Auckland planning manager Matthew Paetz says in their experience across the country with SHAs they have found a lot of interest from developers.

“It streamlines and lessens the risk in the planning process. Councils are seizing the opportunity too and taking a positive ‘can do’ approach. It’s great but a short term fix. We have been talking about the need for councils and government to take a different approach to planning for housing since 2007. It’s great to see some progress starting to be made,” Paetz says.

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Families move into Ngati Whatua’s first major affordable housing development

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

ngati whatuaThe first nine families moved into the medium density Auckland housing being developed by Whai Rawa, the commercial arm of Ngati Whatua Orakei, on February 26.

There are 30 houses planned in total for the development called Kainga Tuatahi at its Kupe St site.

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Local community buoyed by new plan for Three Kings land

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Frustrated local residents have been buoyed by an interim report by urban design and landscape architecture expert Richard Reid on the planned development of Three Kings.

Commissioned by the Puketapapa Local Board, and released to media yesterday by Michael Wood the leader of the Roskill Community Voice political group, the report outlines “better” options for Three Kings, including the Fletcher-owned 15 hectare site.

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Prospect of rising Auckland property prices has returned

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The prospect of Auckland house prices continuing to increase throughout the year has returned with March’s average sale price reaching $866,782, and the median price reaching $798,000.

“March is always one of the busiest sales months of the year, and a good indicator of where prices are tracking for the remainder of the year,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“In March the average sales price was the third highest on record, within $10,000 of the all-time high in November last year, and 5.4 percent higher than last month.

“The median price at $798,000 is the second highest on record, within $2000 of the all-time high in December last year, and up 8.1 percent on February’s median price.

“When prices are this strong in March the trend is for prices to hold steady through the year.

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MSD has appointed an interim Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) for social housing

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Community Housing Aotearoa are pleased to see the importance Government are giving to social and affordable housing with the appointment of Carl Crafar as interim Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) for social housing within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

Carl’s appointment signals an important change – namely, that MSD is now the lead agency on the Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP). He will lead MSD’s own work on social housing, lead the cross-agency SHRP work programme, and provide a single point of accountability to Ministers.

Carl advises that his appointment does not change existing relationships community housing organisations have with any other Government agencies (MSD, Treasury, MBIE and Housing NZ). Each of the projects they are working on with the sector carry on as before.

New building website

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

A new website has been set up to make information on regulation of New Zealand’s $25 billion a year building industry more accessible

The new website at www.building.govt.nz replaces the old site and includes information on requirements of the building code, acceptable solutions and verification methods, stages of the building process, tips on managing the building process and on homeowner’s rights and obligations.

More information here

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Focus on value for money outcomes key to unlocking benefits for social housing tenants

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

“Partnerships between community housing associations, investors, developers and facilities maintenance providers offer potential to improve housing and services for social housing tenants in Invercargill and Tauranga,” says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development.

The Government has requested formal proposals from four respondents for the purchase and management of 348 properties and tenancies in Invercargill and 1124 in Tauranga. The groups include Pact Group in Invercargill and Accessible Properties, Hapori Connect Tauranga* and Kāinga Community Housing Partners* in Tauranga.

Read the full press release here

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