Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Record Dwelling Consents Show Progress Addressing Auckland’s Housing Supply Issues

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says a record number of dwellings consented in the city over the past year reflects encouraging progress in addressing housing supply issues.

“Auckland consented 1734 new dwellings in September 2020, taking the annual total to 15,470,” he said.

“That’s the highest number of new dwellings consented in Auckland in a year since records began in the early 1990s. To put it another way, we consented more homes in the past year than we did in the four years of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 combined.

“In the three months to September 2020, Auckland—which is 34 per cent of the national population—accounted for 46 per cent of new dwellings consented in New Zealand. Over the same period, Auckland also accounted for all the growth in consenting activity in New Zealand.

“And for the first time this September, the value the buildings consented in Auckland exceeded $1 billion, with more than $700 million coming from residential projects.

“This means that Auckland accounted for 44 per cent of the national total value of buildings consented in September and 41 per cent of the total number of dwellings consented in New Zealand.

“These figures demonstrate the resilience of the Auckland housing market, as well as how important the region is to the national economy as we recover from the COVID-19 recession,” Phil Goff said.

“Overall, 56 per cent of the new dwellings consented in Auckland in September were townhouses or apartments, indicating that the Unitary Plan is continuing to drive the creation of a more compact, quality city, with housing intensification replacing sprawl. We are building up—not just out—which offers more housing choices for Aucklanders.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

“Auckland still faces a significant housing challenge, with global uncertainty, low interest rates and the removal of loan-to-value ratio restrictions continuing to push up house prices,” Goff said.

“However, the fact that we are consenting dwellings at the highest volume in almost three decades shows that we are making strong progress to increase supply and address Auckland’s housing challenges.”

Councillor Linda Cooper, who chairs the council’s Regulatory Committee, says, “Despite a global pandemic, the number of new dwellings consented in Auckland is up by 5.7 per cent in the last 12 months.

“This progress will help Auckland to eat into its housing shortfall by increasing the overall supply of homes. In fact, the Chief Economist Unit estimates that that over the last three years, Auckland’s housing shortfall has declined by about 10,000 homes.”

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy

It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is... Then how come New Zealand has enjoyed a double AA+ credit rating from the international rating agencies for so long? If we have truly been in the thrall of incompetent tax, spend and borrow extremists for the past six years, how come our net government debt burden is only in the middling average of OECD countries, and how come our government debt-to-GDP ratio – however you measure it – is less than half the average for the Asia-Pacific region?..


Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Budget Will Be Delivered On 30 May

Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence, and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, says Nicola Willis... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.