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From landless to landlord – iwi launches new housing project

Published: Friday 17 March 2017

An iwi-led partnership is building a 49-home development at Whenuapai, and says the project is the first of a number it hopes to undertake to help address Auckland’s housing shortage as Treaty of Waitangi settlements are finalised. The Whenuapai Housing Development Partnership, made up of Pare Hauraki Iwi and Te Tumu Kāinga, a charitable trust […]


Tamaki Housing EOI for tenancy management services

Published: Thursday 16 March 2017

The Tamaki Housing Association (THA) is the wholly owned tenancy management services business of Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd (TRC). THA delivers these services for TRC’s existing portfolio of around 2,800 social houses. TRC is inviting indications of interest from parties interested in acquiring THA. THA will remain the vehicle for delivering tenancy management services and […]


Collaboration gives families new homes

Published: Wednesday 30 November 2016

The first of 14 families have begun moving into a new block of apartments in Auckland which are the result of a partnership between government agencies and community housing providers, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. “I am delighted that Housing New Zealand, the Ministry of Social Development and three providers have worked together to […]


Te Atatu land secured for additional housing

Published: Tuesday 29 November 2016

Land suitable for 60 apartments on the Te Atatu Peninsula is the latest addition to the Crown Land Programme, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. The plan is for 20 per cent of the dwellings to be sold below the HomeStart cap of $650,000 and 20 per cent to be made available for […]


Everything is community: developer and incoming resident experiences of the establishment phase at Waimahia Inlet

Published: Monday 21 November 2016

Waimahia Inlet is an affordable housing development located on the edge of the Manukau Harbour, 23km south of the Auckland CBD and 5km southwest of Manukau City centre. On completion, Waimahia Inlet will be Aotearoa’s largest third sector housing development with 295 dwellings, approximately 70% of these being either assisted homeownership or homes retained by […]


Earthworks to start at Moire Road housing development

Published: Tuesday 1 November 2016

Earthworks are set to begin on the 196-home Massey East project as part of the Crown Land Housing Programme, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “Today’s blessing of the site by Fletcher Residential’s partner, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and the turning of the first sod pave the way for earthworks to start in early […]


Affordable homes for Mt Albert development

Published: Thursday 27 October 2016

The Government has signed an agreement with Marutūāhu Rōpū and Ockham Residential Limited for a 100-home development in New North Road, Mt Albert, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “This development, with an average house price of $573,000 and only 8km from Auckland’s city centre, is a welcome addition to the Government’s Crown […]


1,200 home development for South Auckland

Published: Monday 17 October 2016

Work is expected to get underway soon on the first stage of a significant new residential neighbourhood of over 1,200 homes on the edge of the Manukau Harbour. The 14-hectare master-planned development in Favona and next to Mangere Bridge, will ultimately become home to approximately 4,000 people. Consisting of a combination of architecturally designed terraced […]


Early ground works get underway on Mariner Rise

Published: Wednesday 28 September 2016

The wait is nearly over for future home owners hoping to buy a piece of the Whangaparaoa coastal lifestyle, as work is set to get underway soon on a new 60-home subdivision in Arkles Bay. The development, called Mariner Rise, is being led by high profile New Zealand owned residential property development company McConnell Property, […]


Government should address the demand side of our housing crisis

Published: Monday 19 September 2016

Leading Environmental law firm, Berry Simons, is calling on the Government to consider the need to address housing demand, rather than focusing only on bringing more supply to the market, in its bid to curb Auckland’s severe housing shortage. Partner Simon Berry says that “we can draw lessons from Canada, where the Government has taken […]


Northcote development to boost housing supply


The Government will redevelop 300 existing Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties into about 1200 new homes in Northcote, Ministers Bill English and Dr Nick Smith have announced. The Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, says the $750 million project will transform the existing 300 properties into about 1200 warmer, drier and healthier homes […]


Vacant land at Counties Manukau DHB to be used for housing

Published: Thursday 15 September 2016

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith say 13.1 hectares of vacant land at Counties Manukau is being freed up for housing. “The Government has approved an application by Counties Manukau DHB to release vacant land at the Manukau SuperClinic Browns Road site,” says Dr Coleman. “It makes sense for DHBs […]


Plan to make Whenuapai a model urban community


Plans for the urbanisation of Whenuapai as a model for sustainable greenfield development have been approved. “As our first future urban zone development we have the opportunity to create something special for Auckland and set the tone for the city’s growth under our new Unitary Plan rules,” said Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, chair of the […]


Social Investment in Community Housing: Moving Beyond Traditional Grantmaking

Published: Tuesday 30 August 2016

10am – 4pm, Tuesday 25 October The Front Room, Spark New Zealand, 167 Victoria Street West, Auckland Please register to join us at a facilitated workshop to provide philanthropic funders, community housing providers and other investors with the chance to explore new ways of investing in community housing. The goal of the workshop, co-hosted by […]


Housing for older Aucklanders to be redeveloped​

Published: Thursday 25 August 2016

Auckland Council’s portfolio of homes for older Aucklanders is to be redeveloped and approval has been given to partner with The Selwyn Foundation for the management of the housing. Many of the 1452 rental units across 63 villages are rundown and poorly located for amenities such as public transport. The city’s urban development agency Panuku […]


Auckland Unitary Plan- recommendations made

Published: Monday 1 August 2016

The recommendations from the Independent Hearings Panel on the Auckland Unitary Plan have been released. They have revealed a plan for more widespread, higher-density housing than previously proposed. Legislation requires the council to settle the plan by 19 August. The housing affordability thresholds have not been included in the panel’s recommendations. The Unitary Plan aims […]


Long, Auckland-driven construction boom ahead: BRANZ report

Published: Wednesday 27 July 2016

The pipeline of new Auckland housing will underpin a longer construction boom for the country, making up for an overestimation in the amount of commercial work in the pipeline, says the 2016 National Construction Pipeline Report. Prepared by the Building Research Association of New Zealand and Pacifecon, a construction industry consultancy, the report shows building […]


Fast Forward explores vital role of architecture and urban planning


As Auckland grapples with an unprecedented housing crisis and aging infrastructure, urgent questions are being asked, both here and globally, about how to improve livability? The upcoming Fast Forward Spring lecture series will bring together renowned practitioners in the fields of architecture, urban planning and urban design to explore these pressing issues and present solutions. […]


Counties Manukau land proposed for housing

Published: Thursday 7 July 2016

Ten hectares of Counties Manukau Health land is being considered for the Government’s Crown land housing programme, with consultation starting today, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “I have been in discussions with Counties Manukau Health about its large, vacant land holdings in South Auckland. I welcome their decision to publicly consult on […]


Government approves Queenstown’s seventh SHA


On 5 July the Government approved an additional Special Housing Area (SHA) in the Queenstown district which is expected to provide more than 300 homes, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “This SHA is spread across 51 hectares of greenfield land on Ladies Mile in Queenstown. The proposed development includes a retirement village […]


Cost tower: construction costs of social and affordable housing

Published: Tuesday 5 July 2016

Can you build an affordable house in Auckland? Media debate suggests that rising construction and land costs, together with the costs of meeting planning regulations, are making this extremely difficult. The debate, however, largely rests on either anecdotal evidence or modelled data. No-one has taken a good look at the actual costs of constructing affordable […]


$1billion fund to accelerate housing infrastructure


On 3 July the Prime Minister announced a new $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to accelerate the supply of new housing where it’s needed most, Finance Minister Bill English and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith say. The contestable fund will be open to applications from councils in the highest growth areas – currently […]


Queenstown Special Housing Areas approved


Four new Special Housing Areas (SHAs) have been approved by the Government under the Queenstown-Lakes Housing Accord. Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “These four new SHAs fast-track the zoning of 40 hectares of land to residential and provide the potential for 490 homes. This additional capacity is essential for Queenstown’s thriving tourism […]


Proposed national policy statement on Urban Development Capacity

Published: Thursday 23 June 2016

The Minister for the Environment has released a proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC) for public consultation.The particular scope relates to the provision of development capacity in local authority plans to address both housing and business needs. The NPS is aimed at ensuring that local councils provide sufficient capacity for residential and business […]


Auckland housing development announced


Posted: 16 Jun 2016 03:15 PM PDT Nick Smith | Building and Housing A 196-home development on surplus Crown land in Massey East with Fletcher Residential has been signed today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith. “This agreement will enable this 9.2 hectare block of former Ministry of Education land in Moire Road […]


Riccarton housing law change passed


A $300 million, 600-home development on 40 hectares of Riccarton Racecourse land can proceed following a 15 June passage of special legislation through its third reading, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “Increasing supply is the most important component of the Government’s programme to address New Zealand’s housing issues. We need to take […]


Tamaki Regeneration opportunity


Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC) is seeking expressions of interest from the property development sector to undertake large-scale development work in East Auckland. TRC is seeking to establish a consortium to deliver the first phase of their proposed development program they will hold development briefing presentations in Auckland and Sydney.  Full details can be found in […]


Big ideas to tackle the housing crisis

Published: Tuesday 31 May 2016

The Herald’s Home Truths series has highlighted the serious problems that make our housing unaffordable – but also pointed to some solutions, writes Andrew Laxon in this piece from April 29.


Attracting large institutional investors for affordable housing developments

Published: Tuesday 24 May 2016

Australia’s affordable housing industry, where community housing providers supply affordable housing to households on low incomes, has, up to now, been modest and small scale. In order to expand to meet the demand of lower income households currently on waiting lists for public and community housing, the industry will need access to a large scale, […]


Council working to improve consent services


As it tackles an unprecedented building boom, Auckland Council is already looking at new ways to improve building consent processes with aims of speeding approvals, reducing costs and ensuring consistency. “A near 12 per cent increase in building consent applications and over 130,000 building inspections is the present reality as we review the demands on […]


Auckland’s renters need greater protection-opinion piece


Part one: The importance of warm, healthy rentals Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman is the Director of He Kainga Oranga/the Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington. She spoke to OurAuckland about Auckland’s housing challenges.     Read the article here.


Minister of Finances pre-budget announcements housing policy


In his speech, the Finance Minister stated that a principle cause of affordability issues, in Auckland in particular, arise from planning rules set by councils that restrict, delay and raise the cost of development. “We are currently building around 9,500 houses each year in Auckland – which is the highest rate of housebuilding there in […]


Big ideas to tackle the housing crisis

Published: Wednesday 18 May 2016

The Herald’s Home Truths series has highlighted the serious problems that make housing unaffordable – but also pointed to some solutions, writes Andrew Laxon. Read more about some of these solutions here. And the Finance Minister, Bill English, suggests a house price-income ratio cap is set by local bodies to ensure councils release the right […]


Agreement signed with Ngati Whatua o Kaipara for housing development


An MOU has been signed between Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, the Hobsonville Land Company and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for housing developments in north-west Auckland. “The first development to progress with Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara will be the nine hectare Village Precinct in Hobsonville of 400 homes. The subdivision is to proceed […]


Auckland Council seeking to increase housing available for older people

Published: Thursday 21 April 2016

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 […]


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

Published: Friday 15 April 2016

  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 […]


Auckland Council keeping up with demand


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 […]


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


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 […]


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

Published: Thursday 7 April 2016

The 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. Read more here.  


Local community buoyed by new plan for Three Kings land


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 […]


Prospect of rising Auckland property prices has returned


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 […]


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


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 […]


New building website

Published: Wednesday 6 April 2016

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 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 […]


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


“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 […]


Opinion: Housing Aucklanders can afford

Published: Tuesday 5 April 2016

Peter Jeffries, Chief Executive of CORT Community Housing believes that low-rise, three-story housing, as proposed in the Auckland Unitary Plan, offers a last chance at housing Aucklanders can afford. Peter has been involved with CORT Community Housing since it began in 1987 and has been its chief executive since 2008. “The organisation I represent, CORT Community […]


Time to explore different housing models

Published: Monday 21 March 2016

Kate Healy shares her thoughts on different tenure models for housing. Kate Healy, Chief Operating Officer at Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Limited, shares her thoughts on Auckland’s housing challenges. It is undeniable that Auckland needs more good quality homes fast to provide Aucklanders with better lifestyle options.  The Auckland Unitary Plan, once finalised, will […]


Preferred bidders announced for Tauranga and Invercargill


The Government announced today that, following the close of Expressions of Interest, four respondents have been invited to participate in the Request for Proposal stage for the transfer of approximately 1124 Tauranga and 348 Invercargill Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZ) properties and tenancies to registered community housing providers. The short-listed Respondents are the Pact Group […]


Affordable housing scheme launched

Published: Friday 18 December 2015

Two hundred new residences are planned for Hobsonville Point, half of which will be priced under Auckland’s median house price and 30 per cent selling for $550,000 or below.


Auckland Council wants to halve median house prices

Published: Sunday 18 October 2015

Auckland Council has set an ambitious target to improve the city’s housing affordability.


Auckland’s Quest for Affordable Housing

Published: Monday 28 September 2015

Sebastiaan and Heather Boer are a working professional couple in Auckland and consider themselves lucky to have just moved into a low-cost first home.


Penny Hulse: Addressing Auckland’s housing crisis

Published: Friday 25 September 2015

The report by Wellington researcher Ian Mitchell which found 78 per cent of Auckland’s 109,000 households in paid work and private rentals can’t afford to buy a relatively cheap house made for depressing reading.



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