Housing NZ lodged 60 resource consent applications in the last quarter for 1297 new houses in Auckland.
The Minister Responsible for Housing NZ, Bill English, and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said on Wednesday approval of those consents would enable the state housing entity to build homes in 20 suburbs for over 3200 people.
Mr English said most of the $440 million worth of developments were allowed for under the Housing Accords & Special Housing Areas Act legislation: “As we’ve been signalling for some time, the Government has a comprehensive housing programme that will deliver housing supply at scale to the Auckland market.
“Housing New Zealand is in a sound financial position and is gearing up to deliver largescale redevelopments across the city, such as what we’re already seeing in Northcote, where about 300 existing houses will be redeveloped into about 1200.
“Alongside the various special housing areas, the Auckland unitary plan provides for around 30,000 new houses on Housing NZ land.”
Mrs Bennett said Housing NZ would retain most of the newly consented houses: “Housing NZ is investing heavily in its housing stock to get the right houses of the right size in the right place to meet current demand. When we started reforms, about a third of its stock was in the wrong place or was the wrong size. We are turning that around.
“We have more properties coming onstream all the time, big & small developments, and we are ramping this up. We’ll have more Housing NZ homes but equally, we’ll be opening up more affordable & market housing.”
Attribution: Ministerial release.