Auckland takes $1.4b slice of Government housing fund


After committing over a third of its housing acceleration fund to five Auckland suburbs, the Government could only promise up to $55.1m for a Maori housing project in New Plymouth

Around 400 urban renewal projects in Mt Roskill, Mangere, Tāmaki, Oranga and Northcote will receive funding from the Government’s $3.8 billion Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF) to unlock more housing, Housing Minister Megan Woods says.

“This $1.4 billion of HAF funding will develop build-ready land to enable up to 16,000 homes in the suburbs over the next five to sixteen years.

“This work will allow for the replacement of around 4,000 Kāinga Ora homes past their use-by date, 2,000 additional Kāinga Ora homes, as well as 10,000 additional affordable and market homes to be built and available for purchase.

“It’s also estimated the infrastructure work will unlock potential for a further 11,000 new homes on surrounding privately owned land in these suburbs.”

“Auckland has an estimated housing shortage of more than 25,000 homes. This work will enable quality housing to be built where it is needed most. Together with Auckland City we identified these are places where more growth is wanted, with Auckland City also contributing to the cost of these works,” Woods says.

Specific work programmes enabled by the funding are as follows:

  • The Mt Roskill site preparation work includes land decontamination and an upgrade of water infrastructure and addressing flooding issues on 62.8 hectares to enable approximately 5,400 homes.
  • The Tāmaki site includes decontamination work, transport, and water and storm water upgrades across 90ha ready for around 4,400 homes.
  • Mangere work includes decontamination works and water and storm water upgrades across 68ha for around 3,800 homes.
  • Northcote upgrades across 8.2ha will create build-ready land for around 1,200 homes.
  • Oranga infrastructure work across 15.6ha includes transport upgrades, including walking and cycling to create build-ready land for around 1,000 homes.

The $3.8 billion HAF announced in March 2021 has so far only funded Auckland and Wellington projects.

However Woods says a partnership with Ka Uruora will build up to 172 new homes in New Plymouth for Maori.

Funding has been approved for:

  • A maximum of $37.6m in supply funding to deliver up to 172 affordable rentals;
  • A maximum of $17.5m to contribute to the infrastructure requirements for up to 172 affordable rentals, plus a further 31 progressive home ownership sites.

Last year’s budget committed $730 million towards Māori housing supply and infrastructure.