Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Smaller, more affordable home research lab launched

Hon Dr Nick Smith
Minister of Housing
14 March 2014 Media Statement
Smaller, more affordable home research lab launched

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today launched a new research and development initiative at Hobsonville in Auckland to foster innovation in more affordable homes.

“New Zealand needs to develop more affordable housing options and part of the solution is smart, smaller designs. This Small Home Test Lab research project is about trialling five new standard designs for smaller homes on smaller lots and testing their market acceptance and consumer feedback,” Dr Smith says.

“The average New Zealand house built over the past two decades has grown consistently larger, even though household size has declined. New Zealand homes are among the largest in the world and double that of European countries. This initiative is about leading a change of thinking to smaller and more affordable housing.”

The first three homes – a one-bedroom, a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom home – have now been built and were opened to the public today, along with the launch of a website that will make the plans and designs available to home buyers looking for housing options of this type. The Hobsonville Point homes are priced from $340,000 for one bedroom, $450,000 for two bedrooms and $485,000 for three bedrooms.

Dr Smith says the Small Home Test Lab is a further innovation within the Axis Series.

“These homes will be open to the public for six months, and plans and designs to help home buyers build quality smaller homes will be made available via a website. They're designed to help the industry build more affordable, compact homes without compromising quality.”

The project is supported by Auckland Council and this enabled planning approval to build these small homes within a residential development setting.

“Providing high-quality, smaller homes is one element in addressing the issue of affordable housing. Our market does not have a lot of experience building more compact homes, and this research project will help address this gap.

“These small homes wouldn’t suit everyone, but equally not everyone in the market needs a big family home of the type that has predominated new housing development in recent decades.

“The experience at Hobsonville Point shows that a growing number of home buyers are looking for more compact, but high quality homes with good community facilities. It’s important we provide diversity in the market.”

More information can be found at: www.axisseries.co.nz/lab.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system.

To all intents and purposes, access by New Zealanders to the Privy Council has now been closed. Yet the number of times in recent years when the Privy Council has quashed the findings of New Zealand courts has demonstrated that we are regularly
(a) jailing the wrong person or
(b) arriving at guilty verdicts on grounds sufficiently flawed as to raise serious doubts that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news